Pitcairn mayor on child porn charges

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The mayor of the remote British territory of Pitcairn, a Pacific island notorious in recent times for child sex convictions, has been charged with possessing child pornography, it was reported Saturday.

Michael Warren, 46, was arrested by the New Zealand police officer seconded to the island, 5,000 kilometres (3,000 miles) from Auckland, on behalf of the British High Commission, the New Zealand Herald said.

He has been charged with possessing indecent photos of children and possessing pornographic images, videos and documents involving children and will appear in the island's magistrate's court later this month.

About a third of all the adult men on the tiny island of about 50 people have faced child sex charges in two high-profile cases in the past six years.

In 2007, two men were found guilty of rape and related offences against children as young as seven, following the conviction of six others on similar charges in 2004.

Warren was not one of the men charged in the previous sex scandals on Pitcairn.

According to court documents, police examined Warren's computers and found more than 1,000 pornographic images and videos of children on them, the Herald said.

Pitcairn, a five-square-kilometre island midway between New Zealand and Chile, was settled in 1789 by mutineers from the British naval ship the Bounty, who famously set their captain William Bligh adrift in the South Pacific.


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