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Victim disgusted at teacher's sentence

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016

A teen victim of a south Waikato school principal convicted on charges relating to online child pornography says he's disgusted by the length of the sentence for the crimes.

Bruce Allan Darroch, 51, was given two and a half years in jail in the Rotorua District Court on Friday for making an objectionable publication, possessing objectionable material and failing to give computer passwords to police.

A teenage victim of Darroch yelled abuse and launched himself towards the man in the dock after the teacher's lawyer had said he had put pictures of pupils online while developing the school's website.

The teen was removed by the court by security officers.

Earlier, he and his mother trembled while reading their victim impact statements. Darroch remained impassive in the dock, staring ahead.

Outside the court the teen said he had no regrets for his outburst, saying Darroch had betrayed his trust and that of his mother. Darroch was not a human being and failed to show remorse, he said.

He no longer went to school and his perspective on life had changed.

The teen said he was disgusted by the length of Darroch's jail term when the person his former principal had exchanged pornographic pictures and indulged in online chat with had received two sentences of 30 years each.

"He was involved as much as that one was," the 16-year-old said.

Sentencing Darroch, Judge Tony Snell described the school principal's exploitation of his pupils as gross and premeditated.

The judge said while the photographs Darroch exchanged during online chat with a man in America were not in themselves objectionable, they'd generated explicit sexual fantasises involving male pupils.

Some included children at the school who had been recognised by a police community liaison officer when the pictures were sent to New Zealand for identification.

He noted there had also been talk of filming pupils with spy cameras so pictures could be exchanged in the future.

Darroch's pre-sentence report said he demonstrated a level of minimisation and lack of understanding of the extent of his offending and had gone to considerable lengths to conceal it.

Images police had been able to find included naked boys, 27 of them involving sexual acts, while one was of a young girl in a sadism and bondage situation.

The judge rejected a plea by Darroch's lawyer Russell Fairbrother QC that Darroch serve a period of home detention, saying it would simply be inadequate.

Crown solicitor Amanda Gordon outlined how Darroch had asked an American known as "Administrator B" how to encrypt his computer and hard drive, clearly saying they contained child pornography.

The Crown said Darroch was known by the online name "Lustboys KWB".

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