Daniel Norman Wilson
A former information technology manager found with 240,000 images of underage girls on his computer is behind bars for nine months.
Daniel Norman Wilson volunteered for the Stop programme for sexual offenders, but spoiled his record by accessing more pornography while undertaking the programme, the Christchurch District Court was told. Wilson, 31, a first offender who admitted 37 counts of importing objectionable publications, was jailed for nine months by Christchurch District Court Judge Colin Doherty, who said, in his view, Wilson still posed a risk to the community – justifying a deterrent sentence.
"This type of offending is insidious, easy to do because of access to computers and the web, but has real victims," he said. Over about seven years, Wilson, who had an in-depth knowledge of computers, downloaded 240,000 images and 43 video files, showing pre-pubescent girls in various poses for sexual activity. Wilson had the ability to bypass encryption protection software in order to access paying sites at no charge, the judge said.
"That goes to show me that you were prepared to go to some lengths to access the material. That's because doing so is an addiction for you," he said.
Wilson voluntarily engaged with the Stop programme, but a report showed he had potential to escalate offending beyond just viewing. The report said Wilson had an intellectual appreciation there were victims, but little emotional understanding. It also became obvious Wilson was still accessing pornography during treatment. One of his flatmates had a computer and he accessed sites on that.
"It is clear you were prepared to put yourself at risk by viewing sites that may have led to further temptation," the judge said. Wilson's culpability was high. "You knew exactly what you were doing, and brought down images in bulk and were able to sift through them at will," the judge said. Lawyer Jeff McCall said the large number of images found happened because Wilson had the ability to download entire websites. Wilson readily made full admissions and engaged in the Stop programme soon after being caught. He also made full disclosure to family, friends and his church. His attendance at the programme was generally good, and he had got to the point he did not look at objectionable material. He needed another six months in the programme, was committed to it, and realised the offending had victims. There was no evidence of trading or commercial gain, and a fine was appropriate, McCall said.
Prosecutor Kathryn Dalziel contended jail was necessary, the overriding principle being protection of the community. Wilson had no ability yet to deal with the offending if he had access to a computer, Dalziel said. The judge said until Wilson had more understanding, a decrease in his offending was unlikely.
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Child pornography - over 240,000 images and 43 video files of pre-pubescent girls (in Christchurch)
Continued to access more child porn while on a "treatment" programme
Sentenced to nine months in November 2005
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