Internet child abuse porn offender found outside school

March 22, 2017 | By More

A man on home detention for trading child abuse sex videos – including toddlers crying for their mothers as they were abused – is in custody after being found parked in his car outside a school.

The man has continued name suppression, which was granted at his sentencing in January, when he was granted the maximum 12-month term of home detention in place of a jail term.

At that sentencing, Judge Emma Smith imposed home detention conditions that he was not allowed access to the internet and was not to associate with anyone aged under 16 without approval.

He was arrested on Friday, with the Community Probation Service alleging a breach of his home detention sentence because tracking had showed he had been parked outside Wharenui School for six minutes during an approved absence from his home.

They have also filed an application to review the home detention sentence because they say it has broken down because the 49-year-old man is aggressive and hostile towards probation officers.

The case was adjourned from Friday for a bail hearing yesterday before the judge who imposed the sentence.

Details that emerge from bail hearings are covered by an automatic suppression order, but some limited details of the hearings can be reported.

Probation opposed the man’s release on bail, when the bail application was made by his defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger.

The man denies the breach of the home detention sentence and opposes the review of the sentence.

Judge Smith heard the application and decided to refuse bail. She remanded the man in custody to a case review hearing on May 23.

The man is a father, who has now been estranged from his wife for some years. He had pleaded guilty to 16 charges of possession of objectionable images or videos for supply, or supplying them, and 15 possession charges.

Children aged one or two years were heard crying out for their mothers during one of the videos, said Judge Smith. There were an estimated 45 individual victims in the material, though they had not been identified.

She said the man had used a peer-to-peer file sharing system to download the files. The system meant that the files on his computer could be accessed by others and this had happened 16 times.

 

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