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Child pornographer caught re-offending while on parole.

December 23, 2011 1 comment

Stephen John Laing, aka "baby rape"

Child pornographer Stephen John Laing, 28, who goes by the pseudonym “baby rape”, has been caught re-offending while on parole in a sting by American police.

Child pornographer re-offends on parole.

A child pornographer has been caught re-offending while on parole in a sting by American police. Stephen John Laing, 28, pleaded guilty in the Waitakere District Court yesterday to supplying 24 objectionable images of children, toddlers and babies being raped and sexually abused.

It was his fifth conviction for supplying child pornography. In September, he was on parole from a five-year sentence received in 2008.

Though his parole conditions banned him from possessing a computer or accessing the internet, Laing used a laptop from his home in Massey, Auckland, to go on to a “friend-to-friend” sharing site where he took the user name “baby rape”.

He used an unsecured wireless connection belonging to a neighbor to share folders including a video folder with 271 video clips and image folders labelled “baby and toddler” and “5 to 10”.

The image folders contained 6000 image files depicting sexual abuse. He shared 24 of the images with a user in the United States. However, he did not know the user was actually a sheriff from Madison County, Alabama, posing as a pedophile.

Customs staff were contacted who traced the internet connection to the router and then to Laing’s home. He was charged with 24 counts of supplying objectionable images and one count of breaching parole conditions.

Customs’ lawyer Gareth Bostock said the “baby rape” name was one Laing had used in past offending. Defense lawyer Seonaid Abernathy applied for continued name suppression due to the anxiety it caused Laing’s parents.

Bostock opposed continued suppression saying Laing had been featured in the media several times in the past. Judge Russell Callendar denied the application saying it was a matter of “grave significance” and there was a “significant public interest” in his name being published.

He said he knew of Laing’s significant previous record from Parole Board hearings. Abernathy then applied for suppression until after Christmas but the judge declined this also.

“Unfortunately, the sins of the son are visited, on this case, on the mother,” he said. At his sentencing in 2008, Laing’s offending was described as “recidivist and brazen”.

He was on bail when he committed those offenses which involved 56 charges of supplying child abuse images. Laing has a criminal history stretching back to 2003 when he was a 19-year-old computer science graduate.

Rehabilitation has been tried but he was kicked off sex-offender treatment for re-offending while in the programme. He was remanded in custody for sentencing on May 1.

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No jail time for radiologist caught with 50,000 images of child porn.

January 22, 2011 1 comment

Below is another example of the New Zealand justice system’s liberal attitude towards the exploitation of children by so-called “respected” members of society.

Radiologist’s ‘voyeuristic’ offending saddens judge.

A Wellington judge has told a doctor appearing on child exploitation charges that he was “extremely sad” to sentence him because there was a worldwide shortage in his profession. Wellington trainee radiologist Andrew Jeremy Dunkley, 35, was sentenced in Wellington District Court yesterday on six charges of possessing objectionable publications after police discovered 50,000 images on his computer.

Dunkley’s house was raided in September and his computer seized after a tip-off that resulted from an international police operation. Crown prosecutor Alice McCobbin-Howell said Dunkley had admitted to police that he had been accessing images of children on the internet for the past 10 years. The international investigation had led to three children in Britain being identified and removed from sexually abusive homes, she said.

“The children depicted in the images are real children and this is not victimless offending.” Defence lawyer Greg King said the 50,000 images had not been downloaded and stored but accumulated on the computer’s cache after visiting websites. The images were at the low end of the scale and involved children aged between 10 and 15 rather than prepubescent girls, he said.

Before his arrest, Dunkley, who had six weeks left until he became a consultant, had planned to move to Adelaide with his pregnant wife and young child. He felt “shame and remorse” and would have to work extremely hard to have a chance to work in his profession again, Mr King said. Judge Bruce Davidson said Dunkley had dealt with the situation since his arrest “professionally and responsibly” by telling his employer and pre-enrolling in a rehabilitation programme.

Dunkley’s offending had been described by his psychologist as “voyeuristic” with little chance of his behaviour escalating. He hoped Dunkley could retain a position within radiology. “I find the fact that I have to sentence you incredibly sad … you were about to be made a consultant in an area of medical speciality that there is a New Zealand and worldwide shortage for.”

He sentenced Dunkley to 160 hours’ community work and 180 hours’ intensive supervision. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth, of the Wellington district Child Protection Team, said Dunkley was a perfect example of the crime that was spread over the socio-economic spectrum. “He was in a position of trust, he wasn’t someone you’d look at twice that may be involved in that type of behaviour.”

The Child Protection Team preferred to use the term “child exploitation” rather than “pornography” because pornography normalised nudity while exploitation was about victims of child sexual abuse, he said. Capital & Coast District Health Board acting chief executive Shaun Drummond said Dunkley was fired after his arrest. Dunkley is still registered as a doctor but Medical Council spokesman George Symmes said it could change after a disciplinary process.

Another pedophile gets a slap on the hand.

March 26, 2010 1 comment

Child pornography man avoids jail.

Callum Moates

A Whangarei man who had thousands of images of child pornography, including of a three-year-old girl being raped, has escaped being given a jail term.
Callum Moates, 41, appeared for sentence in Whangarei District Court this week after earlier pleading guilty to 20 charges of possessing objectionable material, the Northern Advocate reported.

The charges were representative – 15 files containing images and five with videos were analyzed from thousands contained on computers, hard drives and discs found at his home in December 2008. The search came after an international investigation identified a number of New Zealanders accessing child porn websites.

Judge Simon Maude said the aggravating factors involved in the offending included the level of cruelty involved in the exploitation of the children, the vulnerability of the victims, the fact it was premeditated offending, the large number of files involved – 4170 – and the age of the children.

Judge Maude sentenced Moates to 12 months’ home detention – the maximum available – with strict conditions regarding counseling. He was also banned from having access to computers or the internet.

Home detention? No prizes for guessing how he will occupy himself for the next 12 months! How can he be stopped from accessing the internet in his own home? Yet another example of how little our justice system and judges value children. Full article here.

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