29 Jan 2015

Tourist who left child porn in car avoids jail term

8:58 am on 29 January 2015

A British man caught with child pornography while visiting New Zealand has avoided a prison sentence in England.

In October 2013, Sean Jamieson left a computer hard-drive in a rental car that was found to contain more than 50,000 images of children being sexually abused.

New Zealand police contacted their counterparts in north-east England, and Jamieson later admitted charges of making indecent photographs of children and possessing extreme pornography.

The Northern Echo newspaper reports the Teesside Crown Court has given him a community sentence with three years of supervision, and an order to attend a sex offenders' treatment programme.

His computer and internet use have also been restricted.

A spokesperson for the Stop Demand Foundation, Denise Ritchie, told Morning Report the fact he is not in prison highlights a weakness in the justice system.

"If you had all of these children that were in the 52,000-odd images appear before a judge all of these guys would be getting prison.

"But somehow because they're invisible the offending is almost trivialised."

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