May 2003

Computer man’s indecent images

A man who made indecent images of two children and a woman has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Robert Green used his home computer to superimpose photographs of the 12 and 13-year-old girls and the adult woman on to those of other people’s bodies, a court has heard.

The 52-year-old former bus driver was caught when one of his victims found print-outs of the sick pictures.

The eight images were seized by police who also took Green’s computer and other items after searching his Chadwell St Mary home.

When interviewed by police Green, of Ingleby Road, admitted making the photographs, Southend Crown Court was told.

He pleaded guilty to making indecent pseudo photographs of a child between March of last year and this year.

Prosecution counsel Prabhjot Virdi said: “He (Green) said he had about a year ago found some software which allowed him to create these photos.

“He stated he had only done so for his own amusement and no one else was involved nor did he intend to circulate them in any way.”

Defence counsel Kate Blackburn said Green had lost his job because of the incident.

She added: “It’s clear the defendant has said it was a one-off. This was the only material found of this nature. He does accept how serious these offences are.

“He says they were not for distribution and there’s no suggestion that they were. He thought he had printed off the images and disposed of them.

“He feels extremely bad at what his family is going through and he has expressed regret.”

However, judge Lockhart told Green: “My concern is whether other people have been prejudiced or damaged by your activities.

“I’m prepared to accept no approach had been made to any child in this situation nor was any intended, but your carelessness is an example of how this sort of activity can create real problems for yourself and your family.”

Green was ordered to serve a three-year community rehabilitation order and will be a registered sex offender for five years.