Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Travelling child sex offender jailed

11 July 2019

A 33-year-old Auckland man has been sentenced to six and a half years’ imprisonment for crimes relating to child sexual exploitation images and videos, including production. He was sentenced in the Waitakere District Court yesterday (10 July 2019).

The man was convicted on numerous charges including exporting, importing, possessing, distributing and producing child sexual abuse publications; as well as entering into a commercial agreement with an underage person for sexual services.

In July 2018, Customs began an investigation after receiving information from an overseas agency that a New Zealander had uploaded, or exported, child sexual exploitation images to a Canadian-based messenger app.

Customs identified and searched the man’s Auckland home, while he was present, in August 2018. He was arrested after a formal interview, where he admitted knowing the publications were illegal, and investigators established that he had produced some of them.

The investigation linked a video and some images to the man’s travel to the Philippines in 2016 where he had paid for sexual services from an underage teenage boy. Investigators identified the video and images were produced at the hotel he had been staying at.

In addition to producing child sexual abuse publications, forensic examination of the man’s electronic devices located 14,047 objectionable publications, most of which depicted the sexual exploitation of children - including infants.

Customs’ Manager Operations - Investigations Stephen Waugh says this case highlights how a global taskforce works to identify and combat child sexual exploitation, and the links investigators are seeing between collecting child sexual abuse material and physical abuse.

“Trading or even possessing such images and videos is a serious crime in New Zealand, and producing them takes the offending to a whole new level of severity. This case serves as a warning to travelling child sex offenders - Customs can and will prosecute for such child sexual exploitation offences,” Mr Waugh says.

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>

 

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>

ALSO:

Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>

Waiver For State Care Inquiry: Historic Abuse Survivors 'Can Speak Freely'

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Trail Trial: Sexual Violence Court Reduces Lead-Up Times And Trauma

An evaluation of New Zealand’s first sexual violence court has confirmed that the approach taken in the judge-led pilot considerably reduces the time that cases take to reach trial. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels