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


Prolific sex exploiter resumes work with children

7 August 2012

Prolific sex exploiter resumes work with children

The “prominent” Manawatu man who was convicted in 2010 for downloading 290,000 objectionable images, mainly of young girls, has moved to Auckland and is back working in his profession where he has direct access to children including young girls. The man is working under his middle name.

The decision to grant the man permanent name suppression including details of his profession came under fire from Stop Demand Foundation, a group working to stop sexual exploitation, amidst public outcry.

Despite facing a hefty term of imprisonment, the man was sentenced to a paltry four months’ home detention by Palmerston North District Court Judge Grant Fraser.

Stop Demand’s founder, Denise Ritchie, says “The fact this offender has moved cities and has resumed work in a field that allows him direct physical access to girls is deeply concerning. Putting the private interests of a ‘prominent’ offender ahead of the need for openness of justice is not only elitist; it will often have an ongoing, real-life impact. In this case, the offender’s right to ongoing anonymity allows him to operate in a shroud of secrecy and denies parents and caregivers their right to give informed consent to allowing this man physical access to children, in particular girls – which he now has.”

The man’s professional governing body, who conducted a disciplinary hearing, is also under fire from Stop Demand. “Given the extent of this offender’s participation in, and fuelling of, the global sexual exploitation of children, the incalculable damage to countless child victims, and his extensive breaches of his professional standards, he should have been struck off,” says Ms Ritchie. “The fact he was not struck off raises serious questions of his governing body. Even more astonishing is that it imposed no restrictions on his future working with children, in particular girls.”

A common myth that such offenders generally do not pose a risk to children in real life is dangerous. Denise Ritchie says, “Neurological evidence shows that prolonged pairings of images with our most intense positive reinforcer - sexual arousal and orgasm - imprints itself onto a viewer’s neural pathways. In this man’s case, his masturbatory sexual arousal triggers were young girls. Reinforcement of his triggers was compulsive, prolonged and prolific – evidenced by his amassing over a quarter of a million illegal images.”

The man’s governing body heard that without medication and therapy to keep the man’s “urges” in check, there was “a considerable chance” of the man re-offending.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Geo-political Posturing Over China’s Cyber Hacks, Plus The Weekly Playlist

The timing was one of the weirder aspects of this week’s cyber condemnation of China by the West. Why was this piece of political theatre being staged now? China (and Russia’s) sponsoring and/or condoning of semi-state and criminal hacker groups has been known about for nigh on a decade. More particularly, Microsoft had been alerted to the flaws in its Microsoft Exchange... More>>


Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>


Government: New Zealand Condemns Malicious Cyber Activity By Chinese State-sponsored Actors

New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity... More>>


Government: Commits $600,000 To Flood Recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort... More>>


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels