Jeffrey Elstow Milton
From the Northern Advocate 30th July 2008
A Carterton man convicted of possessing child pornography says he is no threat to a neighbouring playgroup.
Jeffrey Elstow Milton, 58, was sentenced in Masterton District Court on Monday to six months' home detention and fined $14,000 for possessing and distributing images of children in sexual poses. He is to serve the sentence at his Carterton home that neighbours SalvationArmy premises, where twice a week young children come with their guardians to a playgroup. Salvation Army Carterton corps officer Captain Katherine Sonntag said the probation service had approached her about three weeks ago to see if the group objected.
"It's not an ideal situation and we're not happy. It's unsettling for us and we would have preferred another sentence. We did ask he not be allowed on our property," she said. "But because the children who come here are always with a designated adult, a parent or caregiver, and we have systems in place and up to three helpers at any one time as well, we're satisfied the safety of our children will not be compromised."
Miss Sonntag said the probation service advised her not to speak with anybody, including parents and guardians, about the likelihood of home detention for Milton until after his sentencing. Milton, who suffers muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair, said aline of boulders block wheelchair access to the back of his section that is adjacent to the playgroup.
He said a friend had placed the boulders to reiterate that there was no risk. Milton said he was an absolute fool to get involved with the child pornography. "I am remorseful. I agree that it was my fault," Milton said.
He said he has had no access to computers for almost a year and probably would never again. "No individual child is in any danger from me. If I was ever to be a recidivist offender, lock me up and throw away the key."
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Was on home detention
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Sentenced to 6 months home detention in July 2008
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