Porn image of infant increases jail time

| 30/06/2022 | 50 Comments
Cayman News Service
Freddy Manuel Diaz-Christian

(CNS): The possession of a Category A image involving an infant girl and an adult man in what was clearly a live abuse situation increased the jail time that Freddy Manuel Diaz-Christian will serve for accessing and possession of child pornography. Justice Marva McDonald-Bishop jailed the former UCCI employee for five years following his conviction last year. She said Diaz had systematically searched for hard-core pre-teen and familial relations pornography, despite being a father of young children, which showed “a dark and evil mind”.

The judge said it might be expected that, as a father, his instinct would be to protect children. Instead, he was seeking images of sexual violence against them, where the victim and perpetrator were said to be related.

Regardless of the evidence, he continues to deny the allegations and claims he never intentionally searched for child pornography, just material involving adults.

However, his computer history shows deliberate searches over a seven-month period for child pornography involving very young children and file-sharing of the same type of material. He also had a number of images that had at some point been stored and viewed on his own computer, though they were deleted, including the Category A image of the penetration of an infant aged between 18 and 24 months.

Stressing the seriousness of the offence, the judge said that “without a market to view them”, the industry creating images involving the abuse of children would not survive, and she described the image of the infant as the striking feature in this case.

Diaz had no previous criminal history, but given his behaviour, the judge said his good character was nothing but a “facade” and he had shown no remorse for what he had done. There were few mitigating circumstances, and although Diaz was said to be suffering from mental health issues, including depression, while he has been incarcerated, Justice McDonald-Bishop found there was no credible evidence that these were related to his criminal conduct.

Given the risk of him re-offending, in addition to the five years of incarceration, which is one of the longest sentences ever for this type of crime in the Cayman Islands, she also handed down a sexual harm prevention order. This means that Diaz will not be able to access the internet for seven years after his release from prison unless he does so on a device where his use can be tracked and monitored. Although his previous career was in ICT, after his release he will be required to notify the authorities of any devices he will be using, including at any future place of work, and hand them over on request.

As the judge handed down her decision via video link, Diaz, who also appeared via Zoom from HMP Northward, hung his head and had little reaction to the sentence. As she concluded her judgement, Justice McDonald-Bishop said she hoped that his time in jail would provide him with the opportunity to reflect and to come out a better person. She advised him to continue with his mental health treatment and to seek treatment for his offending behaviour.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Is sentence is too low

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve heard many stories from older caymanians. Child sex abuse is/was unfortunately quite common place here

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  3. Anonymous says:

    This man is the scum of the earth.

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  4. Concerned says:

    I appreciate the stringent measures taken by the court in this case. In its plight to safeguard children and the wider public from predators, the Cayman Islands needs a sex offender register as we have these same predators who have not been properly rehabilitated walking freely among us with free reign to re-offend.

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  5. MR says:

    The greatest cause that should be lobbied and supported on this planet right now is protection of children against sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and premature introduction to sexuality.

    Cartoons which display private parts should be ILLEGAL (such as the popular cartoon with the minion photocopying his bum) and other cartoons which blatantly display baby bottoms!

    These types of imagery are feeding and increasing carnal lust – and just like drugs – a person with the tendencies for dark sexual pleasures will continue to seek out new indulgences at greater and greater levels of evil.

    This is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING! And his sentence should have included castration!

    Castration should be legally mandatory for any sex offender whose fetishes involved children under 10 years old!

    There are millions of cases worldwide involving sexual abuse of young children and the dark web has increased the demand for such abuse!

    World Governments MUST come together to eradicate this planet of this high-level evil.

    Shame and curses on the adult men and women that destroy the lives of those innocent babies and children! Oftentimes the babies die during the acts of these worthless scumbags! Judgement on anyone committing such acts! The flames of hell can’t burn red enough to welcome you!

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  6. jeremy thompson says:

    He was a prefect in JGHS…you imagine that….they smart till they fool!!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Should have been at least 25 at a minimum! (That goes for anyone here who displays such dark and sick desires towards children.) Please deport this one immediately after completing his sentence. Thank you!

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    • Anonymous says:

      He is Caymanian. For the sake of the victims, we have to stop pretending that we don’t have homegrown pedophiles and that incest and child abuse doesn’t exist in local families. I’m Caymanian too. And I’m so sad about what is swept under the rug in our community. But it’s a cycle. Abuse creates abusers. We have to be strong and break the cycle.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Cannot deport him, he is a born Caymanian.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Being born in Cayman does not make you a Caymanian!

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        • Anonymous says:

          I’m always amazed that someone can be born here or live most of their childhood into adulthood here and if they do something “good” they are considered “one of us” but if they commit a crime everyone jumps on the Foreign bashing and deport them comments when this is the only home they know.
          Yes, this act is disgraceful and should reflect an outpouring of disgust, but as an earlier post said, a lot of abuse has been going on for years in Cayman and it goes unreported/unpunished.
          A sex offender register is long overdue, but so is supporting victims when they come forward and not trying to shame them for doing so.
          The scars from sexual abuse is a life altering.

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          • Anonymous says:

            They are a Caymanian if, and ONLY if, they are Caymanian as prescribed by law. The ongoing crap of defining persons as Caymanian or otherwise based on the ill-informed whims of observers needs to stop. The fact that various government agencies incorrectly determine people to be Caymanian when they are not is far from helpful, and is a substantial contributor to ongoing problems. Being born in and growing up in Cayman does NOT necessarily mean you are Caymanian!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Majority in prison are paper Caymanians and foreigners. STOP!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      What does this mean? Caymanian is Caymanian. Freddy was born and raised here in Bodden Town.

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      • Anonymous says:

        That does not mean he is Caymanian. Place of birth and where you grow up are not determinative. What was the immigration status of his parents (both of them) at the date of his birth?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Jesus, 2:18. You and people like you are really desperate to suggest that Caymanians are too angelic to commit crimes. You’re pathetic too and ignorant as well if you believe it.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Nope. Rather am frustrated by inept and even corrupt authorities wrongly identifying persons as Caymanian, when they are not. Of course there are Caymanian criminals. Many of them. What drives me insane is when our government agencies treat expatriate criminals as being Caymanian. I have seen it happen on numerous occasions. By failing to deport expatriates who are deserving of deportation, they expose the rest of us (including all Caymanians) to unnecessary risk, expense, and harm.

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        • Anonymous says:

          They are all Caymanian under the law.

    • Anonymous says:

      You blind as well as stupid ?

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    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder what ‘real’ Caymanians have to prove they are what they say… oh yea a piece of paper too, shocking.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Trust me real Caymanians don’t need paper to prove their ancestry.

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        • Anonymous says:

          They kinda of do! I’m married to a 5th generation Caymanian born and bred, yet he has nothing that says he’s “Caymanian”. Nor do my Caymanian friends, but I am what most people refer to as a “paper Caymanian” , I’ve had Status for over 25 years and my passport has a stamp that says I’m Caymanian.
          Go figure!

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          • Anonymous says:

            Before 1972, you don’t need paperwork to show if you are Caymanian if you are born here. The Caymanian protection laws came into effect in 1972 or 1970.

    • Elvis says:

      Majority in prison ARE born Caymanian, own it

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Ex-Collier County deputy sentenced to 25 years for possessing child pornography
    https://www.winknews.com/2022/06/08/ex-collier-county-deputy-sentenced-to-15-years-for-possessing-child-pornography/

    Lee County man sentenced to 25 years in prison for possession of child pornography
    https://www.winknews.com/2022/02/15/lee-county-man-sentenced-to-25-years-in-prison-for-possession-of-child-pornography/

    Bonita Springs man sentenced to 7 years in prison for possession of child pornography
    https://www.winknews.com/2022/03/30/bonita-springs-man-sentenced-to-7-years-in-prison-for-possession-of-child-pornography/

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    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think increasing jail terms is necessarily the best tool to be employed in the pursuit of justice. Something rehabilitative or restorative is much more likely to have lasting benefit.

      I think the sexual harm prevention order will do much more good that just locking him up for longer.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    This is the same issues that Mr. Anthony Eden and Mr. Arden Mclean almost had a stroke over, during Parliament meetings 2017-2018. The Attorney General and the past government established laws of minimum sentencing, while Mr. Eden and Mr. McLean wanted to throw the book at them (culprits). I guess now…we reap what we sow.

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  11. A. Caymanian says:

    Deport this sick SOB ASAP and designate him and others like him “persona non grata” status in the Cayman Islands

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  12. edyats! says:

    can we STOP with this sh!+ about “child porn”!!!!!!!! it is not porn, it is the raping of children and babies!!!!!!

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  13. Anonymous says:

    So he watches kiddie porn but the actual molester got a slap on the wrist? How about the actual convicted serial molester gets 10 times the sentence. Way to show your teeth judiciary.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    5 years isn’t enough. Viewing the images was just the first step, thank goodness he was caught before he could go further.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Deportation?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Married to a Caymanian and has two children with her?

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      • Anonymous says:

        So? Not a relevant consideration in these circumstances. His permissions should be revoked and he should be deported on release. It really is that simple!

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        • Anonymous says:

          You cannot cherry pick whether Human Rights apply to a person or not; if you want to get rid of the right to family life; then you get rid of and revoke ALL the HR’s enshrined in our constitution.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Bullshit. Not all human rights are absolute. They are part of a balance. You cannot discriminate on nationality, UNLESS you need an Italian Waiter for your Italian Restaurant. You cannot discriminate on race UNLESS you are trying to hire an actress to portray Long Celia. You cannot revoke someone’s citizenship UNLESS they commit an act of treason and have an alternative status. You cannot deprive someone of their freedom UNLESS they commit a crime. You cannot fetter their right to family life UNLESS their conduct is so abhorrent as to warrant it. You cannot revoke a valid cabinet status grant UNLESS the recipient is sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more.

            Wake up. Your attitude is misconceived and is contributing to the destruction of Cayman. Caymanians have a right to have their community kept safe. Do you deny their right to that?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Freddy is born Caymanian and live here his whole life in Bodden Town. So what does this really mean?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly. No risk of reoffending if he is not here! Does anyone in government bother to even read our immigration laws? Do they understand the power they have, but choose to ignore?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanian, born and bred. Northward is full of them you know

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      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, a very large share of the occupants of Northward are not Caymanian, and many of those that are could have their status revoked if anyone actually followed the law around here.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Gross.

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