Upper Hutt man sentenced for possession of child exploitation material

Upper Hutt man sentenced for possession of child exploitation material
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An Upper Hutt man has been sentenced to three years imprisonment after being found guilty of possessing objectionable videos depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children - including babies and toddlers.

Shay Joseph Middleton, 32, is charged with the possession of child sexual abuse material and was sentenced in the Wellington District Court on Wednesday. He is required to forfeit all devices and will be registered as a child sex offender.

"Any sexual offending against children is disturbing but, by sharing videos and photos of the offending, the victim is re-victimized every time this material is shared online" Tim Houston, the manager of the Department of Internal Affairs' Digital Child Exploitation Team, said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Offenders need to know that they will be found and held accountable for their offending, which is not only an offence against children, but an offence against our values as a society."

It is Middleton's second conviction for possession of child sexual abuse imagery. He was previously found guilty in 2013 and was sentenced to one year of intensive supervision community work.

Material of this nature can be reported to the Digital Child Exploitation team.

For a list of organisations, resources, helplines and counselling services aimed at preventing harm to children in New Zealand, click here.

The helpline Safe to Talk can be contacted on 0800 044 334, or text 4334.

If you are concerned about someone's sexual behaviour, the Department of Internal Affairs advises contacting organisations such as:

  • Safe Network - 09 377 9898
  • WellStop - 04 566 4745
  • STOP - 03 353 0257
  • Or local treatment providers or specialist therapists.

Where to find help and support: