Department of Internal Affairs v Johnson [2017] NZDC 27599

Published 15 June 2018

Objectionable publication — knowingly making an objectionable publication — possess an objectionable publication — sentencing — Films Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993 . The defendant appeared for sentence with respect to 20 charges, 18 with respect to offending under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993. These charges involve making, possession and distribution of child exploitation material. The defendant shared custody of his daughter and over time began to create a pictorial image memory which included taking photographs of her and her friends. Over a number of years the defendant became sexually gratified by some of these photographs. The defendant made available the pictures he took of the victims by distributing them to individuals with an interest in sexual abuse of the victims using the Internet. The court took into account the number of victims, their age and the gross breach of trust. Mitigating factors include the defendant's co-operation post apprehension, remorse and steps towards rehabilitation. The defendant was sentenced to 11 months' home detention. Judgment Date: 5 December 2017 * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *