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Review after pedophile flouts supervision

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/07/2016 Lydia Anderson

An accommodation provider housing a "high-risk, manipulative" pedophile has received extra training after the man violated strict supervision conditions and stockpiled 5000 objectionable images.

Hamilton man Michael Lesley Stevens, 30, was sentenced to preventive detention and a minimum of five years in prison in the High Court at Auckland on Tuesday.

He previously pleaded guilty to a raft of child sex charges, including two charges of committing indecent acts on children under 16 and 12.

While on an extended supervision order at a monitored address managed by the Department of Corrections, Stevens hid a number of mobile devices and downloaded 5000 images of child pornography.

His conditions included random room searches, and no unsupervised internet access.

In October last year, Stevens groomed a nine-year-old Wellington boy via an online game, convincing him to set up a Skype account, and asking him to email pictures of his penis.

The boy initially refused, but eventually sent him several pictures of his body.

Corrections spokeswoman Lynette Cave said Stevens was a "high-risk manipulative sex offender who knows about technology".

A review of his case was carried out after his offending was discovered, but found all supervisory conditions had been met.

He had been warned about his behaviour, and his approved electronic equipment had been checked, she said.

"The contracted provider has experience in managing similar offenders and has received additional training in how to manage cases where offenders use manipulation and deception."

Stevens was previously convicted of a number of child sex offences in 2004.

Upon his release from prison in 2011 he was placed under strict supervision, but in 2012 cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and briefly went on the run.

At his sentencing on Tuesday, Justice Kit Toogood said Stevens had shown flagrant disregard for complying with the conditions of his extended supervision order.

A sentence of preventive detention - where an offender can be jailed for an indefinite period - would give him some incentive to complete rehabilitation, the judge said.

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