Eig­ht y­e­ars be­hind bars for c­hild porn

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AWil­der­ness man who was caug­ht with ne­ar­ly 57 000 images and vi­de­os con­tai­ning c­hild por­no­grap­hy will spend the next eig­ht y­e­ars be­hind bars.

Ty­ro­ne Ja­mes (40) was han­ded a 12-y­e­ar sen­ten­ce of which four y­e­ars are sus­pen­ded for four y­e­ars. He was al­so gi­ven a four-y­e­ar sus­pen­ded sen­ten­ce for the pos­ses­si­on of va­ri­ous d­rugs in­clu­ding Tik and Man­drax. The sen­ten­ces will run con­cur­rent­ly.

Du­ring sen­ten­cing, Ma­gi­stra­te Ma­ri­us Fou­rie des­cri­bed the ma­te­ri­al con­tai­ning ba­bies and todd­lers as gru­e­so­me and graphic.

"This is not a mat­ter of mild c­hild por­no­grap­hy. Ne­ar­ly e­very gru­e­so­me thing you can think of doing to a c­hild can be seen in the p­ho­tos and vi­de­os. Your acti­ons en­han­ce the mar­ket for c­hild por­no­grap­hy," Fou­rie said.

The ar­rest

Ja­mes's web of c­hild por­no­grap­hy was ex­po­sed short­ly af­ter he was ar­res­ted for the pos­ses­si­on of d­rugs at a rou­ti­ne ro­ad­block in March 2016.

He was stop­ped on the N2 highway on the Touw Ri­ver brid­ge w­hen po­li­ce found dag­ga and Tik in his bak­kie. Upon his ar­rest the po­li­ce of­fi­cer no­ti­ced images re­la­ting to c­hild por­no­grap­hy on his pho­ne.

W­hen his hou­se in King­fis­her C­lo­se was se­ar­ched, po­li­ce found com­pu­ter e­quip­ment with mo­re por­no­graphic ma­te­ri­al.

A­mong the con­fis­ca­ted ma­te­ri­al we­re

56 578 images of c­hild por­no­grap­hy with ba­bies and child­ren be­t­ween the a­ges of

2 and 18. So­me of the­se images da­te back to 2004. A to­tal of 240 vi­de­os con­tai­ning ex­pli­cit c­hild por­no­grap­hy was al­so found.

In his plea agreement, Ja­mes said that he ne­ver ma­nu­fac­tu­red or dis­tri­bu­ted the ma­te­ri­al. Ac­cor­ding to him it was for per­so­nal use on­ly. He said he on­ly look­ed at the ma­te­ri­al w­hen he was un­der the in­flu­en­ce of Tik. Fou­rie said that Ja­mes, kno­wing w­hat ef­fect d­rugs had on him, should've as­ked for help.

Ac­cor­ding to the sta­te

Ac­cor­ding to the sta­te the ma­te­ri­al sho­wed child­ren vi­o­la­ted in the worst pos­si­ble way. "The pain and suf­fe­ring of the­se child­ren are u­ni­ma­gi­na­ble. The­se sick, twis­ted pre­da­tors com­mit hei­nous cri­mes and con­tri­bu­te to a mar­ket w­he­re ra­pe and c­hild a­bu­se are the or­der of the day," sta­te pro­se­cu­tor Can­di­ce Si­mon, said du­ring her clo­sing ar­gu­ment.

Wo­men and Men A­gainst C­hild A­bu­se

The an­ti a­bu­se or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on, Wo­men and Men A­gainst C­hild A­bu­se (Wa­ma­ca), wel­co­med the sen­ten­ce but said that they would've en­joy­ed seeing Ja­mes be­hind bars for the next 15 y­e­ars. "His acti­ons feed the c­hild por­no­grap­hy net­work. I think a lon­ger sen­ten­ce would've been bet­ter to bring a­cross a stron­ger mes­sa­ge to the­se pre­da­tors," said Wa­ma­ca's Jo­an­ne Bar­ret.

Whi­le being es­cor­ted to jail, Ja­mes tur­ned a­round to by­stan­ders out­si­de court, smi­led and said,"T­hanks for co­ming."

Ty­ro­ne Ja­mes be­fo­re court pro­cee­dings last week. He will ef­fecti­ve­ly ser­ve an eig­ht y­e­ar jail sen­ten­ce.

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