A 27-year-old man who traded pornographic images of his toddler son in return for indecent photographs involving girls has been jailed for almost nine years.
Police say his conviction for a raft of sexual offences against his son reinforces the need for parents and guardians to remain alert to the risks that exist online.
The man sat expressionless in Oamaru District Court yesterday facing two charges of sexual violation on a child under 12, one charge of indecent assault, eight charges of doing an indecent act and 15 charges of making, distributing and possession of objectionable publications (five of each).
The offending came to light when an international agency alerted police to a file sharing website where he was offering to trade images recording his offending against his son for indecent photographs involving girls.
Police uncovered 815 objectionable images and 84 moving objectionable images.
He was granted final name suppression to protect the victim, and the mother of the child, his former partner.
Judge Maze said: “The crown submits, and I accept, that there is an abuse of trust. This child was entitled to expect protection by you from harm and exploitation. You were the one person that he was entitled to expect to help him.” She posed the question: “How does a 13-month-old child protect himself?”
“He can’t. He can’t even form a complaint,” she said. Judge Maze said the child was very vulnerable and the offending was done for exploitation so there was premeditation.
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