Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Child protection agency applauds NZ Police

Press Release

Child protection agency applauds NZ Police

A 49-year-old man in Ireland who offered to show a live film on the internet of himself having sex with a 13 year old boy was caught after Irish law enforcement received a tip-off from police in Britain and New Zealand.

The sex offender, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, was caught downloading child porn when his house was raided.

Alan Bell from ECPAT Child ALERT applauds this international collaboration. “This is a great example of law enforcement agencies working together to bring offenders to justice. The New Zealand Police, Internal Affairs and Customs all have specialised forensic units not only monitoring illegal child sex abuse images in New Zealand but are also contributing to this global online exploitation of children. The Internet knows no borders and it is imperative that this crime is attacked both nationally and internationally” says Bell.

More than 50 images were recovered of the boy's abuse, which occurred at the man's house following a period of "grooming".

They police also recovered more than 50,000 other child pornography images and 3,000 video files from the man's computer equipment.

He had recorded his sexual abuse of the boy and distributed images through the internet using a programme to connect with others of a similar inclination. The offender had been promising another user he would have sex with the boy live on camera. He also pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography related to an image of a five-year-old boy.

He had categorised his online collection of child pornography images into several "levels", which he then shared with others based on the level of the images they shared with him.

Det Sgt Tom Mahon said that prior to the sexual abuse there was a period of "grooming" while the boy was aged between 12 and 13.

ECPAT states “These are not just virtual images. They are images of real children being abused – often very young and often filmed live to meet a customer’s perverted preferences. In this case the images were being traded and used as a form of currency. In other words the child victims were being bought and sold as commodities with their own face value. Law enforcement forensic technology in New Zealand is among the world’s best but to prevent this crime our whole society must become aware and ensure our children are adequately protected from the predators.”

The New Zealand Police had infiltrated a forum where people were exchanging child pornography and passed their information about the Irish offender on to Ireland authourities.

The man pleaded guilty to sample counts of production and distribution of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual assault, rape and attempted rape of the teenage boy. Mr Justice Carney imposed a 12-year sentence.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

Looks like you need to get the blurb yourself. Probably best to do that irrespective, actually.If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common.

Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues. Neither have yet been given a mandate to govern by the electorate although – in both countries – the Labour opposition is in less than robust shape. More>>

 

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news