The District Court in Wan Chai. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A 33-year-old Hong Kong-born Filipino man was sentenced to 12 months in jail by a Hong Kong District Court on Monday on a child-pornography charge.

Lordjel Gelizon, a sales executive, admitted to the court earlier that he had downloaded and stored on his notebook personal computer 170 video clips and photographs showing children aged five to 15 in erotic poses and performing sexual acts, sunwebhk.com reported.

Gelizon was arrested during a police operation at his apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, on April 19, 2016, and was charged in January 2017. The case was first heard in September.

Gelizon’s lawyer argued vigorously for a significant discount to the 18-month jail term requested by the prosecution, citing the two-year delay in prosecuting the case.

Judge Isaac Tam said the prosecution was delayed because it needed  time to find out the ages of the children in the sex videos and photos, as well as to seek further legal advice.

A psychiatric report said Gelizon was now stable after being reclusive and anxious after he was charged. The report also said the fact that he had downloaded child pornography was insufficient to suggest he was suffering from a pedophiliac disorder, and that the risk of reoffending was not high.

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