Man caught with sex abuse material charged

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A Palmerston North man who was caught twice with child sex abuse material has been sentenced to 18 months intensive supervision and 100 hours community work.

Andrew Jonathan Johnson, 44, appeared in Christchurch District Court for sentencing on Thursday after pleading guilty to four charges of possessing objectionable publications.

Internal Affairs and police caught Johnson accessing objectionable material on internet file-sharing websites on two separate occasions over a fortnight in October 2012.

Computer equipment seized from his Palmerston North home contained encrypted movies and images of underage girls in explicit sexual poses and acts.

Judge Tony Couch ordered Johnson to undergo a WellStop programme and not to access the internet unless for "legitimate employment purposes".

He also ordered the destruction of the objectionable images

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