25 Oct 2013

Greymouth man sentenced over child sex abuse pictures

9:02 pm on 25 October 2013

A Greymouth man has been sentenced to six months home detention for possessing pictures of child sexual abuse.

Jason Mark Jacobs, 40, was found guilty in Greymouth District Court on 28 August on charges of possessing objectionable publications.

Officials from the Department of Internal Affairs visited Jacobs' home in August 2011 after he sent an objectionable picture to an undercover officer he had befriended on Facebook.

A search of Jacobs' computer found a further 28 objectionable images.

The department's safety manager, Steve O'Brien, says the case demonstrates Internal Affairs' ability to track down offenders and get the necessary evidence, despite Jacobs' best efforts to conceal his offending.