How we deal with sex offenders: compare and contrast

On the one hand we have a “NZs Rolf Harris” that has pleaded guilty to charges but nobody is legally allowed to tell anyone who he is.  We can’t see his photo.  We can’t talk about what business he runs now.  We can’t tell you what he used to do for a crust.  And we can’t even tell you all the other incidents of “Rolfing” he’s got up to because all of it would breach name suppression.

Compare that with this.

10298009A Hamilton man busted with more than 1000 child sex abuse and bestiality images and movies says he was addicted to them after getting depressed and losing his sex drive.

A veteran police officer described the images – that feature children as aged as young as two – as some of the worst he’s seen in his 37-year career.

Craig Owen John Wyber, 35, avoided a jail term after admitting 20 representative charges of possessing objectionable material and three charges of distributing objectionable material after being sentenced in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday. The charges carry a maximum jail sentences of five and 10 years’ respectively.

Judge Denise Clark said although the charges most commonly resulted in prison sentences, she was swayed by submissions from Wyber’s counsel Phil Morgan QC.

Morgan said his client had been getting treatment after voluntarily admitting himself to the Safe Network, an organisation that treats people with problematic sexual behaviours.

“The community interest here is having someone like the defendant stopped … treated for what really is sexually deviant behaviour,” Morgan said. “He obviously has a good prognosis for the future. It would be a terrible shame if the good work that has been carried out by Safe thus far is put at risk by taking him off to prison and spending months there being a lonely man suffering from depression and then released into the community when we have this opportunity.”

Morgan, who labelled the images “revolting”, said Wyber had also been offered a suitable home detention address by his dairy farmer employer in Ohaupo. The court heard police came across Wyber after they were carrying out “covert inquiries in a peer to peer file sharing network”.

That allowed undercover police to access Wyber’s files that were stored on his laptop computer that depicted sexual abuse of children. Police learned Wyber had been sharing the files for about a year prior to searching his home in November last year.

Analysis by the electronic crime laboratory uncovered 500 images and 650 videos deemed objectionable.

“The material seized depicted children engaged in penetrative sexual activity with adults and other children.”

Two of the files depicted bestiality involving a horse and dog.

Photo.  Full name.  Full details of the crime.

But Craig isn’t a prominent person.   He gets to enjoy the full exposure of the law.

The victim on “NZ’s Rolf Harris” wants the name suppression dropped.  It is only “Rolf” that is benefiting from his ability to hide behind the law.

As it is, he got away with pleading guilty in exchange for a discharge of conviction.

Why he should then also continue to be unknown to the public for the sex pest he is continues to be shameful.

I believe there is no rape culture in New Zealand, but there is definitely a long standing practice of protecting people who have further to fall due to their public profile.

Let them fall.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.