11 Aug 2018

Man jailed after being found with child sex abuse images at work

2:04 pm on 11 August 2018

A Christchurch man has been sentenced to 25 months in jail after he was found in possession of almost 30,000 child sex abuse images while at work.

Christchurch's Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Christchurch's Justice and Emergency Services Precinct Photo: Supplied / Minister of Justice

Corey Andrew Challis, 34, was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court today.

He pleaded guilty to two representative charges covering the possession of 29,380 objectionable images and videos showing children being sexually abused and exploited.

Challis' employer found the image files and reported the matter to the Department of Internal Affairs.

The department's censorship manager, Stephen Waugh, said the agency was proactive in investigating this kind of material, but they also appreciate support from employers and the community.

"It is of particular concern to us when offenders download and view child sexual exploitation and abuse images while at work.

"This can potentially widen the victimisation circle for the children in these images, as well as expose unsuspecting colleagues to these abuse images," Mr Waugh said.