Bradford Charles Pascoe
Fairfax Media story 26th April 2013
A Waikato sex offender who circulated "vile" images of young boys on the internet has been sentenced to preventive detention. Name suppression for Bradford Charles Pascoe, 38, was lifted today when he appeared for sentencing in the High Court in Hamilton on a raft of sex charges. Pascoe's offending, which included the sexual violation of a 2-year-old boy, was detected during a child exploitation investigation started by Italian police. Justice Wylie said Pascoe was assessed at high risk of reoffending and imposed a sentence of preventive detention, with a minimum jail term of eight years.
APNZ News story 26th April 2013
Police hope an indefinite jail sentence for a child sex offender will act as a warning to others. Bradford Pascoe was sentenced to preventive detention when he appeared at the High Court in Hamilton today. Preventive detention is an indefinite sentence that can be imposed on offenders convicted of serious sexual or violent offences. The 38-year-old was sentenced on 70 charges including sexual violation, indecent assault on a boy, possessing and distributing objectionable material and firearms charges. Pascoe was arrested thanks to the sharp eyes of a Waikato detective. Italian authorities released images of the children involved in the abuse and a Waikato officer thought one of the children looked like he was from New Zealand.
Further images followed, one of which included Pascoe. Waikato District crime manager, Detective Inspector Chris Page, said the sentence showed that the most vulnerable victims have a voice. "The case was linked to an investigation by Italian authorities the year before where offenders had used networks over the internet for obtaining and distributing child exploitation material," Mr Page said. The successful prosecution showed the value of a combined international police operation, he said. It also sent a clear message to those targeting children and young people online. "These and other arrests show that no matter where you may be in the world and no matter what steps you may take to try and disguise or obscure your identity or location, sooner or later we will find you," Mr Page said.
NZ Herald story Nov 29, 2013
A convicted paedophile's appeal against his sentence of preventive detention has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal. Bradford Charles Pascoe, 38, was sentenced to preventive detention with a minimum term of imprisonment of eight years when he appeared at the High Court at Hamilton in April. He had earlier pleaded guilty to 70 charges including sexual violation, doing an indecent act on a child under 12 years of age, making, possessing and distributing objectionable material and firearms charges. Pascoe filed his appeal on the grounds that the sentence was wrong in principle.
The background in the Court of Appeal judgement said Pascoe participated in an international group based in Italy, trading material on the internet which showed graphic images of child exploitation and abuse. A police inquiry into its activities there brought him to the attention of the New Zealand authorities in 2011. Evidence seized showed Pascoe was a prolific producer and distributor of photographic images depicting gross sexual abuse of young children. Among the materials were photographs of Pascoe's rape of a then two-year-old son of a friend.
The other victims of Pascoe's related offending were boys aged six and seven years who were also the sons of his friends. When arrested, Pascoe was found in possession of a loaded revolver and an unloaded modified flare pistol. Also in his possession was a large amount of ammunition. Pascoe had previous convictions for similar offending in Australia. In 2000 he was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment on the index charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 years of age.
He was concurrently sentenced on 57 charges of indecently recording images of a child under the age of 13 years, four charges of indecently recording images of a child under the age of 16 years, five charges of indecently dealing with a child under the age of 13 years, and three charges of indecently dealing with a child under the age of 16 years. Also, in 2005, Pascoe was convicted in New Zealand of possessing objectionable material, photographs of naked children aged between two and 12 years in various sexual poses. He was sentenced to a term of supervision and community work.
Court of Appeal Justices Rhys Harrison, Simon France and Robert Dobson said when Pascoe was sentenced at the High Court at Hamilton Justice Edwin Wylie specifically took into account Pascoe's efforts to address the causes of his offending, including that he had participated in but failed to complete a programme for sex offenders. The Court of Appeal Justices dismissed Pascoe's appeal, stating they were not satisfied Justice Wylie had erred in imposing a sentence of preventive detention.
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Seventy convictions including sexual violation of a two year old boy, indecent assault (x2), possessing and distributing objectionable material and firearms charges up to July 2012
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