Rotorua man jailed for more then three years for sharing child exploitation material

A Rotorua man has been sentenced for over three years on charges relating to child sexual abuse.
A Rotorua man has been sentenced for over three years on charges relating to child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Getty Images

A Rotorua man has been jailed for more than three years for sharing child exploitation material online.

In July the 32-year-old man was found guilty of charges relating to the export and distribution of objectionable material showing sexual exploitation of children.

He appeared before the Rotorua District Court, on Tuesday and was sentenced to three years and eleven months in prison.

In February 2022, Customs discovered an overseas-based social media app involving a New Zealander distributing objectionable material involving the sexual abuse of children. Customs investigated, and after identifying the man, searched his Mangakakahi address.

Custom digital forensic analysts analysed his electronic equipment and found more videos of child sexual abuse which were being shared through social media. He was arrested and found guilty on all charges at his trial in July 2023.

Acting Chief Customs Officer Child Exploitation Operations Team Kesta Dennison said that international partnerships were key when it came to fighting this kind of child exploitation.

"Customs and our partner agencies in New Zealand share vital intelligence with our international partners, so we can effectively target and arrest those who prey on children.

"This man had been using dark web apps to access horrendous videos of child abuse, which he then shared through a messaging app. Customs is pleased he has been held accountable and that we have put a stop to his offending.

If you have concerns or suspicions about someone who may be trading in, or producing child sexual abuse images or videos, contact Customs confidentially on 0800 WE PROTECT (0800 937 768) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you are, or know of, someone who is at risk or being abused, contact the police immediately.

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