Father accused of selling infant for sex
The man appeared in the Oamaru District Court this morning (file)
A 27-year-old man who allegedly tried to sell his then-13-month-old son to a paedophile for $500 has been granted name suppression.
The Waimate man faces 41 charges including sexual violation, indecent assault, and making, distributing and possessing an objectionable publication.
The child, now 18-months-old, is in Child Youth and Family care but is currently being looked after by his mother.
He was remanded on restricted bail until April 17 following his first appearance in the Oamaru District Court this morning.
The charges came to light last week when another man, Aaron John Elmers came before the Hastings District Court.
Elmers, 41, who a Crown lawyer described as "one of New Zealand's worst sexual offenders", admitted a series of child sex offences, including offering money to the accused Oamaru father for sexual gratification with his son.
A 24-year-old Auckland man has also admitted 20 charges of possessing and distributing objectionable material.
The three men were arrested following a police investigation into a pedophile ring.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael, head of the Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand unit, says the operation had saved four New Zealand children, ranging in age from 13 months to 13 years, from further abuse.
Police had made 35 referrals to police in several countries, including Australia, United Kingdom, United States and Canada.
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