Jason Christopher Fauth has appeared in the Greymouth District Court on objectionable publication charges.
A West Coast man tried to hide his collection of child sex abuse images on two cellphones he hid behind a picture frame in his bedroom.
Jason Christopher Fauth pleaded guilty in the Greymouth District Court on Thursday to possessing and supplying objectionable publications.
The 40-year-old was convicted and remanded for sentencing in January.
According to the Crown summary of facts, police searched Fauth’s home in Runanga, near Greymouth on June 23, 2020.
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Police found two mobile phones hidden behind a picture frame in the bedroom.
“It is evident that the defendant has used the devices to access the internet and possess objectionable publications over an extended period of time,” the summary says.
About 70 objectionable images and videos of young boys and girls were stored on the devices.
The phones were forensically examined and police found Fauth had participated in several group chats on an application, some of which he was a group administrator for.
Fauth was actively participating in the solicitation and distribution of the objectionable publications, the summary says.
He told the arresting officers that the phones did not belong to him, the images were not his and he did not know what they were talking about.
He was originally facing 27 charges, but pleaded guilty after the charges were amended to two representative charges.