Child-porn collector next to kids

Dominion Post 29 July 2008

A wheelchair-bound man caught with hundreds of images of child sex abuse is to serve home detention next door to a children’s playgroup. The Crown strongly opposed the sentence, which began yesterday after Jeffrey Elstow Milton, 58, of Carterton, left Masterton District Court. Though officials at the Salvation Army-run centre in Carterton’s High St were asked for their opinion and said they held no concerns as long as there were certain controls in place, the parents of children who attend the twice-weekly playgroup have been kept in the dark over Milton’s sex offending. Milton, who has advanced muscular dystrophy, should have no less than an 18-month jail term regardless of his physical problems, crown lawyer Mark Anderson told the court yesterday.

“He is a man who we caught importing and exporting disturbing graphic sexual images of very young boys through the Internet over a two-year period, though he admitted to doing it for five years. He doesn’t appreciate the impact of his actions. He is a high risk of reoffending and even if his computer is taken away, there are small children right there in front of him. If parents had known, maybe there would have been a public lynching.” The impact of Milton’s offending was felt in the courthouse, as people sitting in public gallery, awaiting their own appearances, walked out in disgust as Judge Bruce Davidson detailed the explicit nature of the images.
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Man gets home detention for possessing about 2000 images and movies, many of adults having child sex
Manawatu Standard 19 July 2008
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Home prisons spring up in suburbs
Waikato Times 26 July 2008
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Home jails are popping up in suburbs near you. Since October 1 last year, when legislative changes enabled judges to impose home detention sentences directly from the bench, the number of offenders on home detention has increased dramatically. In 2007-08, 2677 people were on home detention sentences or orders, up from 1672 on home detention orders in 2005-06, a 60 per cent increase.