Ronald Clark, a man from Auckland, New Zealand, has been sentenced to three months jail and may be further sentenced to 10 years of supervision and penalties. His crime: watching Japanese anime featuring pixies, elves, trolls, and other fantasy characters engaged in sexual acts.
In New Zealand, drawn depictions of underage characters engaged in sexual acts is considered possession of objectionable material, and therefore prosecutable under the law. A court deemed that the Japanese anime Clark was viewing depicted underage characters. As such, it is objectionable material and its possession led to his conviction.
Twenty-four years ago, Clark was convicted of indecently assaulting a teenage years ago, but he had undergone extensive rehabilitation and had not reoffended. Reports indicate that the objectionable pornography found in Clark’s possession was drawn or animated. Journalist Ian Steward shares the response from Clark’s lawyer, Roger Bowden:
They weren’t even depictions of people — Clark’s lawyer Roger Bowden described them as “pixies and trolls” that “you knew at a glance weren’t human.”
Bowden said [Clark's] conviction for possessing objectionable material was “the law gone mad.”
New Zealand-based anti-child pornography groups have applauded the decision, claiming that the viewing of animated pornography could lead crimes against ...