The Dominion Post

‘Extreme’ images found on man’s cellphone


A Wellington man has pleaded guilty to making sexual images of a 4-year-old girl. The 35-year-old faced numerous charges of making, possessing and distributi­ng objectiona­ble material at Wellington District Court yesterday. The man, who has interim name suppressio­n, pleaded guilty to three representa­tive charges, including taking multiple photos of a 4-year-old in sexualised poses. His possession of the images first came to light in 2018, when he took his cellphone to a repair shop on Lambton Quay. A police search of the man’s home found hundreds of images and videos, including children engaged in sexual activity, ‘‘extreme’’ exploitati­on images, and material involving both people and animals. Judge Jan Kelly ordered reports on alcohol, drugs and mental impairment. He will be sentenced in October.

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