Man facing child pornography charges

A Hastings man is being charged with 40 offences.
A Hastings man is being charged with 40 offences.

A 47-year-old Hastings man has been charged with 40 offences relating to online child pornography and indecent acts.

The unemployed man was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in the Hastings District Court yesterday morning.

He is facing 33 charges of making an intimate visual recording, one charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a young person under 16, and six charges of doing an indecent act with intent to insult or offend. Police said further charges are being considered.

The charges resulted from a joint investigation between the Department of Internal Affairs and the Hawke's Bay Police Child Protection Team.

"This case is an example of how one person's viewing of online child exploitation material has allegedly led to direct contact offending against vulnerable young people, due to an urge to record or make their own intimate images," Detective Sergeant Tim Smith said.

The victims are being supported by Victim Support and police say further victims are being identified as the investigation progresses.

The man was remanded on bail and will reappear in the Hastings District Court on July 22.

Police said they will be making no further comment with the case is now before the courts.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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