Home detention for child sex abuse materials

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Scott Jason Guyton (38) from Dunedin was sentenced on May 1, 2019 in the Oamaru District Court to seven months home detention and 250 hours community work for knowingly possessing and distributing child sex abuse materials.

Despite the defendant’s opposition, the Judge ordered that Mr Guyton be placed on the Child Sex Offender Register.

Objectional Material

Mr Guyton was charged with two counts of knowingly possessing objectionable material and two counts of knowingly distributing objectionable material, in the context of promoting child sex abuse and exploitation.

The offender used an online platform to view and distribute images of child sexual abuse.  This illegal online activity alerted the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children who referred the case to the Department of Internal Affairs after identifying the activity came from New Zealand.

Tim Houston, Manager of the Department Censorship Unit said, “Child sexual abuse imagery is not a victimless crime, it involves real children forced into sexual acts. The Department has a dedicated team of investigators who work with global authorities, as well as New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs, to identify this sort of illegal online activity.

“Law enforcement authorities are focused in their efforts to bring to justice those who view, share and create child sex abuse and exploitation material”, says Mr Houston.

If you are concerned that something you have seen may be objectionable or want to report a crime, contact the Censorship team at www.dia.govt.nz

If you are the victim of a child abuse crime, concerned about someone else’s sexual behaviour,

please visit www.safenetwork.org.nz.

Source: Department of Internal Affairs

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