Dutch paedophile gets three years

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The chair of the Dutch  group, which champions the rights of paedophiles, has been sentenced to three years in prison for possession of a large amount of child pornography. Six months of the sentence is suspended.

The prosecution had called for him to be given four years, with eight months suspended.

The 67-year-old man had been held in custody for six months while the pornography on his computer was investigated. Thousands of films and 130,000 photographs featuring child pornography were discovered. He himself featured 13,000 times.

His house was raided in December and computers and hard disks were confiscated. He admitted having child pornography but claimed the images were “for scientific research”. He was not prosecuted for taking part in some of the child abuse featured because the offences took place too long ago.

Many have called for the paedophile lobby group to be banned and MPs are due to debate the issue soon.  The Public Prosecutor’s office says there is no reason to ban or prosecute Martijn, since there is no evidence to suggest criminal offences are being committed via its website.

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