Stuff co.nz 26 January 2015
Children are increasingly vulnerable as sexual predators ramp up the amount of child-abuse material available online, with the Department of Internal Affairs now involved in 30 investigations.
Last week, Timaru man Keith Mervyn Perrin, 57, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ jail on a representative charge each of possession and distribution of objectionable material.
He had more than 7000 images on his computer depicting children aged 3 months to pre-teens involved in bondage, bestiality and penetrative sex.
Department of Internal Affairs Censorship Compliance Unit manager Steve O’Brien said that, after search warrants were served on Perrin in November 2013, it took the inspector in charge of the case more than six months to prepare the file for prosecution. “The way our legislation is stated, contact offending is seen as different and more serious than viewing images online. I see it as being on the same continuum.
“Each of the images is a record of a child being abused somewhere or exploited to the point where they are happy to take off their clothes and pose for the camera.”