Judge releases ‘chilling’ report on child porn victim

NZPA 27 February 2009

A judge sentencing a man for collecting child pornography today took the rare step of releasing the impact report for one of the child victims depicted in the images. The 55-year-old man pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court to 12 charges of possessing objectionable images, and was found guilty of cruelty by neglecting his daughter. The man was jailed for a total of one year nine monthsafter Judge Doherty said, “I don’t think this is an appropriate case for consideration of home detention at all.’

Judge Doherty also took the unusual step _ with the consent of the crown and the police _ of releasing one of the victim impact statements to the media at court. In this case, one of the child victims depicted in the pornographic images had been traced by investigators and the police were able to provide a report on her. It was made available to NZPA after all references to her name and the name of her Cambodian village had been blocked out. The images of the girl _ among 1000 images of child abuse or torture found on the man’s computer _ had been made by a Canadian offender who went to the village and conducted the activity there. He had since been caught and dealt with by the overseas authorities. Judge Doherty described the girl’s victim impact statement as “chilling’.
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