Olympics judge caught trading and possessing 125,000 images of child sexual abuseBy Mason White 5:38 PM February 16, 2015
By: Chan Yuan
An Olympics judge was arrested, charged and convicted of child sexual abuse after being caught with 125,000 images of child sexual abuse, prosecutors in New Zealand said.
Now, 54-year-old Peter John Wrigley will spend six years and six months in prison for trading and possessing child sexual abuse images.
He had over 124,000 images and videos, and had produced several images himself. Most of the images he held were of children under 10 years old being sexually abused, some children as young as one year old.
Wrigley was accused of importing, exporting and possessing child sexual abuse images. Wrigley was questioned and searched by Customs officers at Auckland Airport on arrival from China.
Further examination and forensic analysis of his electronic devices showed he had over 73,500 images of child sexual abuse.
Customs investigators executed a search warrant, taking more laptops, hard drives, a video camera and DVDs, as well as books on child photography, photos and printouts.
He was arrested after an interview, during which he admitted taking several objectionable images himself. Detective Crystal Smith said that each image represented harm to children.
“Our investigation identified two children in New Zealand who were victims of the defendant. Police will continue to use a joint approach with other agencies to uncover child sex offenders, hold them accountable and most importantly, deny them further opportunities to harm more victims,” Smith said.
Wrigley was a judge at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.
He was also the president of the Porirua Aurora Harriers club, a member of the Wellington Scottish Club, and an administrator with Athletics Wellington.
He was named “official of the year” at the 2013 Wellington Sports Awards.