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'What planet do these judges come off?' - outrage after judges let child porn offender walk

Two judges' decisions to discharge a Wellington man without conviction despite pleading guilty to child porn charges has outraged anti-sexual violence campaigner Louise Nicholas.

Ms Nicholas said she was furious after two judges ruled to let the 40-year-old man walk following 47 child pornography charges.

"What planet do these judges come off? Obviously dumb-ass," she said in a Facebook post.

Police discovered the man had nearly 2500 images depicting children having sex with adults, other children, and animals.

The father of two pleaded guilty in November, and was granted name suppression.

"Every image represents a real victim, represents a child being hurt somewhere around the world and I can't understand how judges can't come to terms with that fact," Sensible Sentencing Trust founder Garth McVicar said.

Police appealed the initial decision to not convict the man, but a second judge agreed with the initial ruling.

The man's defence counsel said their client collected the images because he had an obsessive compulsive disorder, and while addicted to porn, he was not attracted to children.

Justice Rebecca Ellis took into account several mitigating factors in favour of the man including, fully cooperating with police, entering early guilty pleas, being genuinely remorseful, and enrolling in a treatment programme.

"We fight every single day to stop this sort of the stuff. The judges have just put it out there - it's OK to do it - that's how it's coming across," Ms Nicholas said.

The man had numerous images depicting children having sex with adults, other children and animals. Source: 1 NEWS