Child advocacy groups slam child sex sentence

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A man who traded pornographic images of his son in return for indecent photographs involving girls got off lightly in Oamaru District Court on Wednesday, child advocacy groups say.

Stop Demand Foundation say sex offenders’ sentences need to be much harder to reduce the demand that drives the sexual exploitation of women and children worldwide.

“The only way that we can make inroads is to come down really heavily on offenders,” Stop Demand Foundation founder Denise Ritchie said.

Appearing in the Oamaru District Court on Wednesday, the 27-year-old man, who has final name suppression, was sentenced to eight years and 10 months’ imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of five years.

Ms Ritchie said she was “baffled” and “furious” at the sentence handed down by Judge Joanna Maze.

“This man sexually violated his 13-month-old son, an offence that is heinous in the extreme, and which attracts up to 20 years’ imprisonment,” she said.

 

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