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Former Pitcairn mayor loses appeal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/07/2016

The former mayor of Pitcairn Island has lost his appeal to avoid going to prison for possession of more than 1000 child sex images and videos.

Michael Warren was found guilty in March of crimes relating to downloading child abuse images and he was sentenced to 20 months in jail.

Pitcairn Island is a British overseas territory administered from New Zealand. The tiny island has a population of about 50, who are descended from the mutineers of the HMS Bounty and their Tahitian companions.

The Pitcairn Island Court of Appeal dismissed Warren's case last week.

Warren will start serving his sentence when prison guards arrive from New Zealand but is currently on bail, his lawyer Tony Ellis confirmed to NZ Newswire.

He is not the first Pitcairn mayor to be found guilty of child sex charges. The island was tarnished by a child abuse scandal in 2004, when six men were imprisoned for sexual offences, including rape and incest.

One of the offenders was Steve Christian, the island's mayor at the time and a descendant of Fletcher Christian, who led the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.

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