Leigh Marshall O'Connor
From Christchurch Press story 13th June 2008
A Christchurch sickness beneficiary has become the fifth person to be jailed this year for involvement with child sex abuse material on the internet. In Christchurch District Court yesterday, Leigh Marshall O'Connor, 53, was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to 14 charges involving possession and distribution of objectionable publications. Internal Affairs deputy secretary Keith Manch said O'Connor was detected on the internet making available objectionable pictures of sexually posed young girls.
The department seized his computer, DVDs and CDROMS from his home and found more than 17,000 pictures, movies and files, mainly of girls aged between about eight and 14. "The message must get through to these offenders that the courts are using the tougher penalties Parliament provided three years ago," Mr Manch said. "Already this month two similar offenders got two years and more inside. And back in March a repeat offender got five years in jail. "But these do not compare with the harm done to the child victims of this abuse who are exploited to feed this despicable international trade."
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Possessing and distributing objectionable publications (x14), namely child sex abuse material, in Christchurch in 2008
More than 17,000 image and video files, mainly of girls aged from eight to 14
At large in Richmond, Christchurch
Sentenced to eighteen months in June 2008
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