Activist admits child abuse porn offending

June 2, 2016 | By More

Court House-general 3Activist and union organiser Joseph Robert Davies has admitted child abuse pornography charges in the Christchurch District Court.

He pleaded guilty to five charges brought by the Customs Department of possessing, distributing, and exporting objectionable material.

The charges involve 44 videos and nine images, some involving bondage, and many involving penetrative sex between adults and children.

Judge Tom Gilbert remanded Davies on bail for sentencing on August 31. He asked for a pre-sentence report that will consider his suitability for a home detention sentence.

Davies, a 60-year-old who has New Zealand and British citizenship, has no previous convictions for any similar charges in New Zealand.

On January 15, a New Zealand Customs Service investigator was monitoring a chatroom named “pedo” on a chat website based in Canada.

He monitored a user named “olpervy” uploading publications of young persons in states of dress, undress, or both. Four were objectionable images. Two had girls with their genitals exposed, one showed a naked girl with hands behind her back and tape over her mouth, and the fourth showed a naked girl bound and blindfolded.

The investigator identified “olpervy” as being in New Zealand and conversed by text chat. The investigator was directed to another website. On that site, the user was known as “olpervydad”.

In conversation there, he said he had a preference for material with children aged five to 11, but was “flexible”. He commented: “You can chat about underage here, as long as you’re clear that it’s all supposed to be fantasy.”

Further checks showed an “olpervydad” on another website, who was from New Zealand and had Davies’ birth date.

The investigator received two images showing the sexual exploitation of a child. Continued monitoring showed more posts by “olpervy”, including some the same as the earlier uploads.

Then, as the investigator was monitoring the chatroom, “olpervy” distributed a link that took users to 44 objectionable video files showing the sexual exploitation of children.

Davies’ Opawa address was searched on February 25. Forensic checks showed that the “olpervy” orginated from there. A child abuse publication was found on a tablet at the address.

When officials spoke to Davies, he said he knew child exploitation was “not good”, but when he was asked about the usernames he would not answer. He acknowledged that a password was needed to use the Internet at that address.

 

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