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Arrest made following investigation into harmful online activity, 56 year old Nelson man arrested

Nelson online harm news

Marlborough Police have arrested a 56-year-old man following an investigation into harmful online activity which targeted predominantly teenage girls from the Marlborough area.

  • Late last week, Marlborough Police became aware that a number of young women’s pictures had been taken from social media sites and doctored with sexually explicit additions for reposting to adult websites.
  • Marlborough investigators travelled to Nelson and located the person responsible for these postings.

“This type of crime is extremely upsetting for those affected by it and I am glad we have been able to stop this person from causing more harm,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan.

A 56-year-old Nelson man has been charged with causing digital harm, possession of objectionable material and child exploitation and is due to appear in Nelson District Court on Monday 23 May.

If you have been affected by this type of behaviour, you can report it to Police on 105 so Police can investigate and hold the offender to account.

Marlborough residents can give information directly to Detective Glen Lindup at the Blenheim Police Station.

Anyone with concerns about their online security can access advice through Netsafe here.

Source:NZ Police

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  1. This guy is a scumbag and an idiot, and I’m glad he’s going to face the music. 0% sympathy for pervs and pedo’s. You get what you f*ckin deserve.

    BUT “causing digital harm” is worryingly vague and tenuous legal terminology in my opinion. Beware of media and politicians trying to capitalise on this case and use it to “Trojan horse” more restrictions on free speech through parliament. You can bet your bottom dollar they will.


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