29 Nov 2008

Prison sentence for child sex website subscriber

6:27 am on 29 November 2008

An international operation targeting users of child sex websites has resulted in a prison sentence for a Christchurch man.

Daryl Hugh Watson, 31, an electronics assembler, was found with 16,000 objectionable files and 700 video files depicting toddlers and very young boys being sexually abused.

He was sentenced to two years and three months in prison by Judge John Bisphan in the Christchurch District Court following an operation involving the FBI and the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs.

Internal Affairs deputy secretary Keith Manch says the FBI told the department a New Zealander had subscribed to a website dealing in material involving child sexual exploitation.

The department was given a name, credit card number, and email address which led to Watson.

Mr Manch says it highlights international efforts to combat web-based users of child sex abuse material.