Child abuse porn offender abandons suppression appeal

July 24, 2018 | By More

A rural Canterbury man jailed for possession of child sex abuse images has abandoned his efforts to keep his name suppression.

Harley Thomas George James had been due to have his appeal for permanent name suppression heard in the High Court on August 9.

However, his defence counsel Andrew McCormick has filed notice that the appeal was abandoned.

James, 39, a churchgoer who played some cricket for Canterbury and was involved in the rural competition, was jailed for two years three months on June 13.

Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan refused permanent name suppression, but James’ lawyer immediately signalled an appeal to the High Court and the order was continued until that hearing. James had sought suppression to protect his family, but it was opposed by the Crown.

James was found with 3450 images and videos, and 65 percent of it was assessed as being at the worst level of child sexual abuse. He had admitted two charges of distributing nine objectionable child abuse images online, and one charge of possessing 3450 of them.

The images included sadism and sexual abuse of toddlers, pre-pubescent children and young teenagers. Some involved bound and gagged children. The charges referred to images of the sexual abuse of girls as young as two to five years.

 

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