1 May 2019

Dunedin man sentenced for child sex abuse material

7:51 pm on 1 May 2019

A Dunedin man has been sentenced to home detention and community work for possessing and distributing child sex abuse materials.

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The Oamaru District Court. Photo: Supplied / Waitaki District Council

Scott Jason Guyton faced four charges and was sentenced today in the Oamaru District Court.

Guyton used an online platform to view and distribute images of child sexual abuse.

Department of Internal Affairs Censorship Unit manager Tim Houston said child sexual abuse imagery was not a victimless crime and involved real children forced into sexual acts.

"The Department has a dedicated team of investigators who work with global authorities, as well as New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs, to identify this sort of illegal online activity.

"Law enforcement authorities are focused in their efforts to bring to justice those who view, share and create child sex abuse and exploitation material," he said.

Guyton will have to serve seven months home detention and 250 hours community work.

Despite his opposition, Guyton was also placed on the child sex offender register.