"I should never have given in to them," the 31-year-old
clergyman said in a Senja court on Thursday. He claimed that
it was the hunt for child porn images on the Internet that was
the real thrill, rather than the pictures themselves.
"Finding new child porn pictures was a kind of extreme
sport, something I did to seek excitement since life was so
boring," the man said.
The curate gave a calm and articulate defense of his
position, and told a tale of a man who hated himself and hid
behind a respectable facade.
The man said that a year of psychotherapy had helped him
come to grips with his need to search the Internet for child
porn every day.
The 31-year-old had regular visits from youngsters at his
quarters and was actively involved with the local boy scouts.
He has consistently denied any sexual advances towards the
boys who visited him, but regretted showing them porn
"They nagged about watching and it was difficult for me to
stop them. They viewed me as a friend and came to me with
their curiosity and previous experiences with pornography. But
when one of them pulled down his pants I said no. If I hadn't
set limits before, I did then at least," the defendant
The curate said that he did not rule out trying to work as
a minister again, saying he felt he had become a better
clergyman from his experience.