Repeat child porn offender jailed

August 8, 2018 | By More

A 34-year-old repeat offender has been jailed for 25 months for having nearly 30,000 child sex abuse videos and images on his computer system.

Corey Andrew Challis, from Wainoni, acquired and stored images depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of girls as young as five, and video clip files of girls as young as eight undressing and performing sexual acts.

The images were obtained between October 2016 and March 2017 and were found stored on a laptop computer and external hard drive. The Department of Internal Affairs said 29,380 files were found.

Defence counsel Kerry Cook said Challis would be put on the child sex offender register when he was released from prison.

He said Challis took his rehabilitation programmes seriously, and had been undergoing psychological counselling at his own expense.

Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said he was sentencing Challis on two representative charges of possession of objectionable publications.

He said the age and vulnerability of the abused and exploited children were taken into account for sentencing.

Challis had made therapeutic gains over the 14 months he had been on bail, but he had a previous similar conviction in 2009, he said.

Challis had been viewing objectionable material for a long time, and had put himself in a high risk situation by spending many hours a day using the computer.

Judge O’Driscoll denied a media application for an in-court photograph of Challis after reading a report from Challis’s psychologist.

He sentenced Challis to 25 months prison, and ordered the material be destroyed, and forfeiture of the laptop and external hard drive Challis used.

 

 

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