Gilbert James Cooper
Fairfax Media story 2nd October 2008
A Hokitika man has been jailed for two years for downloading images of children being sexually abused from the internet. Gilbert James Cooper, 65, retired, appeared for sentence in Greymouth District Court today after pleading guilty to 21 charges involving the possession of and making objectionable publications.
Internal Affairs' censorship compliance manager Steve O'Brien said an Interpol tip that a New Zealander had tried to download an encrypted child sexual abuse video from a German web server led the department to Cooper's home. "The web browser on his computer was found to have been used extensively to visit, and download from, websites featuring the sexual exploitation of children and young persons," Mr O'Brien said.
"They included a significant number of files featuring extreme sexual abuse of very young girls by adult males. "It was conservatively estimated that Cooper had at least 9500 images and 245 video clips classed as objectionable. "People who use the internet to collect such material must take responsibility for the victimisation of the children abused for this trade. And they must also realise that there is a worldwide team tracking their activity on the internet, so that it is only a matter of time before they get caught," Mr O'Brien said.
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21 charges for possession of child porn in Hokitika in 2008
He was found to have at least 9500 images and 245 video clips classed as objectionable
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Sentenced to just 2 years in October 2008
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