28 Aug 2015

Man avoids jail for child abuse images

4:45 pm on 28 August 2015

A man who had more than 1700 objectionable images and films on his computer of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to serve seven months' home detention.

Jason Oliver, 22, was sentenced in the Wellington District Court on 30 charges of knowingly possessing objectionable material.

Judge Barbara Morris said the images included videos of very young children being raped and other images of children performing sexual acts with animals.

She said Oliver did not view his offending as particularly serious, saying the images existed anyway.

But Judge Morris said every person who provided demand for such material led to further abuse.

Oliver was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community work and to have his computer confiscated.