Anger as child porn offenders spared jail

The Press 27 March 2009

Outrage is growing over a failure to jail child-pornography offenders in the wake of a home-detention sentence for a man possessing more than 100 pornographic images of infants as young as 18 months. The Department of Internal Affairs says fewer than half the nation’s convicted child-pornography offenders are being jailed. It says the low rate of imprisonment in the face of a “plague” of child pornography that is getting “far more violent” and “sicker”, and with younger victims, is infuriating. Internal Affairs deputy secretary Keith Manch yesterday told a conference in Auckland that only 24 of 56 offenders eligible for imprisonment in the past two years were jailed. The remainder got home detention, fines or community work.

“Home detention is completely inappropriate as a sentence; after all, that is exactly where the offending occurred in the first place and without adequate monitoring it will be virtually impossible to stop them accessing the internet,” Manch said. On Wednesday, a former Temuka taxi driver, Cornelius Baars, 62, was sentenced to five months home detention and 100 hours community work on two charges of possession of objectionable material. Over two to three years, Baars had downloaded 116 objectionable images, mostly of pre-pubescent children, some as young as 18 months.
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