From the Manawatu Standard 20th March 2008
A 22-year-old Feilding man, who had more than 20,000 images of child pornography on his computer and on discs, was lucky to escape a prison sentence when he appeared at Feilding District Court yesterday. Judge Gregory Ross sentenced Jeremy Young, a former night store filler, to six months' community detention and nine months' of intensive supervision after he pleaded guilty to 13 charges of possessing and distributing objectionable material.
Crown prosecutor Alastair Hall said Young had his computer and CD-ROM collection confiscated after a search warrant was executed in March 2007. Although his computer system had been routinely cleaned, a recovery was completed and more than 1600 child pornography images were recovered, Mr Hall said. "Of the objectionable images only nine consisted of bestiality, the remainderbeing images of prepubescent girls aged approximately between 8 and 14 years of age.
"The images depicted the girls posed in highly sexualised ways or engaged in sexual activity." A search of his DVD and CD collection revealed nine disks, created between October 2004 and March 2007, containing more than 25,000 objectionable pictures and movies."He stated that he has used search terms, such as 12-year-old and PTHC (preteen hardcore), specifically for obtaining objectionable material and that his preference was for females aged 12 to 14 years of age."
Because Young had premeditated his actions and had shared files with others, the starting point for a sentence could be a short term of imprisonment, Mr Hall said. Defence lawyer Mike Winter said prison would not help Young regain a normal life. "In order for this young man to get a normal life, he must gain employment and socialise with people in the wider society," he said. "He has led a life of social isolation . .. it needs to be broken so he can make social contact with people outside his home."
Judge Gregory Ross took into account Young's age, lack of prior convictions and level of immaturity before sentencing him. Conditions to Young's sentence included a curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am and a total computer ban. He must also undertake rehabilitation programmes set by his parole officer, Judge Ross said. "You appear to have some insight into how repulsive this is to most right-thinking people in this community." The computer and other materials will be destroyed.
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13 charges of possessing and distributing objectionable material
More than 20,000 images of child pornography on his computer and on discs
At large in Fielding
Sentenced to 6 months community detention and 9 months intensive supervision in March 2008
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