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A Nelson man who took teenage girls’ pictures from social media and edited them before reposting the images to adult websites has been arrested. 

The man predominantly targeted teenage girls from Marlborough. 

In a statement today, police said they became aware of this late last week and investigators went to Nelson to find the person who edited the images with “sexually explicit additions”. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan said “this type of crime is extremely upsetting for those affected by it and I am glad we have been able to stop this person from causing more harm”.

The 56-year-old man has been charged with causing digital harm, possession of objectionable material and child exploitation. 

He will appear in the Nelson District Court next Monday.

If you have been affected by this type of behaviour call police on 105. 

Marlborough residents can give information to Detective Glen Lindup at the Blenheim Police Station and anyone with concerns about online security can get advice from Netsafe.

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