November 2017

Paedophile admits no treatment programme will stop sex offending

A high risk category one sex offender told his probation officer he had a “long-standing” interest in children and that no treatment programme would change this

Relentless paedophile Carey Lyons – who has 68 previous convictions – was caught with more than 17,000 indecent images of children – after being banned from using the web.

Yet prolific paedo Carey Lyons is not heading for prison as he has already been held in custody for so long.

Carey has been in the dock many times for his grim obsession, including in 2013 after he had been nabbed with TWO MILLION images.

And in 2000 he became was the first man in Northern Ireland to be brought before a court and jailed for child porn offences.

Yeserday, Belfast Crown Court was told no treatment programme could fix the 59-year-old’s vile and depraved behaviour.

The jury heard he has 68 previous convictions mostly linked to indecent images of children.

In court he was given three years for his latest offences, committed between 2014 and 2016.

The judge was told his then home on Belfast’s Ormeau Road had been searched by cops last year over concerns he had breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

That raid turned up items including a laptop, hard drive and other digital devices.

Lyons, who says he is attracted to girls aged from eight to 12, revealed he had bought the equipment a month earlier.

Police found 17,753 indecent images and videos of varying severity before they stopped counting.

Lyons pleaded guilty to a total of 22 offences, including multiples charges of possessing indecent images of children. He also admitted breached a previously imposed SOPO.

Judge Patricia Smyth spoke of his long history of offending, re-offending and breaching licence and SOPO conditions.

She noted comments from a Probation Officer who said he deliberately re-offended so he could be returned to the only place he feels safe – prison.

Lyons was ordered yesterday to serve 18 months in custody and 18 months on supervised licence. As he has already served his custody period on remand, he was due for immediate release.

Judge Smyth ordered that he undertake the Internet Sexual Offenders Treatment Programme to be delivered on one-to-one.

He has also been ordered to live at an approved address and is banned from having unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16.

In May 2000, he was jailed for six months after admitting making and distributing indecent pictures of children.

Cops had found compact discs, containing up to 50,000 still and moving indecent images of children, hidden under his bed.

In 2013, Lyons was given a three year probation order after admitting downloading over 2.2 million indecent images of children.

The court was told that he had convictions for similar sex offences dating back to 1973

June 2013

Convicted paedophile had two million images of abuse on his computer

Carey pictured above in 2005

A 55-year-old self-confessed pervert who can’t stop watching child abuse on the internet had more than two million indecent images on his computer

There were so many that the police could only examine a fraction of them.

Belfast Crown Court heard that of the total of 2,242,964 images Carey Lyons had on his computer, police officers had only enough resources to view just under 6,000.

While 600 of those were in the higher category four or five, the bulk of them were in the lower to mid categories of one to three.

Lyons, from University Street, Belfast, who has a string of similar convictions dating back to 1973, was put on probation for three years by his Honour Judge Kinney, which he said was inline with the considered view of the probation service, as this would best serve and better protect the public interest.

Judge Kinney said while the custody threshold had clearly been crossed in Lyons’ case, and whatever his level of acknowledgement as to his needing help, probation would ensure the continuous supervision that he clearly requires.

He said Lyons was well known to the probation service, for obvious reasons, and that reports on him made for disturbing reading.

In them Lyons admitted being addicted to watching child abuse images and was attracted to prepubescent children and lacked the control to manage his deviant offending behaviour.

Judge Kinney said that Lyons, who admitted 24 charges of downloading child porn, had an extensive record for similar offending and had even admitted to the authorities of reoffending to establish contact with the probation service.

Prosecutor Tessa Kitson told the court that Lyons’ own father had turned him in, fearing he was in breach of an earlier Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from having any computer. However, Lyons’ order had just been completed, but police took the computer for checking after finding it dumped in a bin.

When arrested Lyons, who has spent the past 13 months in prison on remand, readily admitted that he had been using the computer to download indecent images including cartoons showing child abuse.

He also said he had done so to get his SOPO reactivated to stop him offending.

Defence lawyer Mark Barlow said the best way of preventing Lyons offending was to have him under supervision, which had proved to be the case in the past.

Lyons, he added, had always, and was willing to co-operate with the probation service and police.

July 2005

Pervert jailed over child rape images

AN Internet child pornographer who admitted he was “at it again” to police sent to check on him was jailed for three years.

Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday that a “shifty and nervous” 47-year-old Carey Lyons confessed to police when they found a laptop computer in his Fitzroy Avenue home in Belfast last September.

Jailing him for three years, Belfast Recorder Judge Tom Burgess warned that the maximum sentence for downloading child pornography had been increased to 10 years and that future offenders, “will face up to 10 years, not three”.

Lyons pleaded guilty to a total of 26 charges of downloading nearly 350 “revolting, and in many cases very distressing” images of children being raped and sexually abused.

“It is impossible to put into words the images he chose to extract and retain,” said the judge.

Lyons, he added, was guilty of “not mere dabbling in such pornography, but had chosen to burn some of the images onto a CD, to watch them over and over again despite his claims of “remorse and hatred” for himself afterwards.

Defence QC Patrick Lyttle said that it was only natural that one would “recoil from these images” and the pictures of children being abused.

Lyons, who has previous convictions for indecent assault and downloading child Internet porn, was, said Mr Lyttle, “simply one of life’s inadequates who will need help on getting out of prison”.

The lawyer said, while Lyons was not involved in the direct exploitation of any child, it had to be accepted he was involved in their “indirect exploitation”.

Mr Lyttle said that Lyons had been “disarmingly frank” in his admissions, and went on to describe him as being “an utterly incapable individual with huge problems of personality in dealing with adults and is a vulnerable individual himself”.

May 2000

Paedophile had indecent images of children – Jailed

Carey Lyons, 42, from Doagh Road in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, was jailed for six months.

He admitted making and distributing indecent pictures of children.

The court was told that police had found compact discs, containing up to 50,000 still and moving indecent images of children, hidden under his bed.

It is the first case of its kind to come to court in Northern Ireland.

Prosecuting lawyer Peter Magill said the RUC had been given a tip-off from the obscene publications unit of Greater Manchester Police.

The force had advised there was an internet paedophile operating from the Newtownabbey address. 

When he was first questioned by detectives Lyons had said: “I’ve been a bad boy. There’s stuff on my computer there shouldn’t have been”.

The court was told that although Lyons had certain intellectual difficulties, he was well versed in computer technology.

Lyons was released on bail while police sifted through the thousands of “entirely obscene” images.

He had tried – unsuccessfully – to kill himself by taking an overdose.

Mr Magill revealed that Lyons, when aged 19 and 20, had appeared twice before magistrates in 1978 for indecent assault on children.

But he said Lyons had co-operated fully with police who have since seized all his computer equipment.

Defence QC Patrick Lynch said Lyons did not feel he was hurting anyone and considered what he was doing as a “private activity ” and a “victimless crime”.

He added that many of the images were duplicates and that those he had sent himself over the web were not directed at specific people but were “sent out to the ether as it were”.

Mr Lynch said that since being uncovered, Lyons had lost his job as a groundsman and security guard.

He said the defendant had had to flee his Newtownabbey home and, to an extent, had already been punished for his activities.

He added Lyons did not appreciate he was doing wrong and was someone who had been experimenting and “simply fiddling around” with his computer.

The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to making and distributing indecent photographs.

Judge John Petrie said Lyons deserved credit for his guilty pleas to the 12 charges of making and distributing indecent photographs of children, committed between January 1998 and June last year.

But he said he would be failing in his duty if he did not jail Lyons.

He was put on the RUC’s sex offenders’ register.

He was sentenced to six months in jail followed by 12 months probation, provided he attend an intensive sex offenders’ course at a special centre at Alderwood House on the outskirts of Belfast.