March 2012

Weymouth man jailed for downloading indecent images of children

A 52-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for downloading nearly 2,000 indecent images of children, including one of a baby, and extreme pornography.

Neil Edwards, of Dawlish Crescent, Weymouth, admitted 17 charges of making an indecent photograph or image of a child, eight charges of possessing an indecent photograph of a child and three charges of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

He was sentenced to 30 weeks in prison and will be listed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Jennifer Rickman, prosecuting, told the court: “On October 27, 2010 Edwards took his computer to a local company to be fixed for a virus problem.

“The person trying to mend it saw he had visited child pornography sites and reported it to the police.”

She added: “Officers found 1,276 grade one, 68 grade two, 196 grade three, 318 grade four, 18 grade five and seven grade seven still images.

“There were also a number of moving images – six grade one, 14 grade two, 15 grade four and eight grade seven.”

Indecent images of children are graded for their severity from one to five, five being the most serious.

What is termed ‘extreme pornography’ does not involve children and is activity that results in serious injury, harm or death of a person. It is graded from six to eight, eight being the most serious.

In mitigation, Anne Brown said: “Edwards has been entirely co-operative with the police from the start.

“This is a man who feels distress and remorse about the way he has behaved. He accepts he has a problem and that he needs to address that.

“His partner has muscular dystrophy and he provides all the assistance she needs.”

She said Edwards worked as a geologist on an oil rig in Holland and was also a member of a scale modelling club.

Judge Roger Jarvis told Edwards: “These activities of yours are the result of abuse of young children and this court can do nothing for the subjects of those images.

“There was at least one image I saw that was of a baby.”

“The majority are unique and the reason for that is that you want fresh titillation.

“The people who got those children into those positions know you want fresh titillation and there is a risk that even more children are abused to reach the demand.”

He added: “The clear view that must go out is that whoever you are the only sentence is one of immediate custody. It must deter people from looking at these sorts of images.”

Edwards was sentenced to 30 weeks imprisonment for the level four and five images and the extreme pornography and 10 weeks concurrent sentence for the other images.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and was ordered to comply with a sex offender provision for 10 years.

An order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of all computer equipment.