June 2006


A PAEDOPHILE caught with more than 600 child pornography films and pictures has escaped a jail sentence.

Graeme Rudd, 45, used his computer to download a library of disgusting images of child abuse – some of which were in the most serious category considered by police.

A judge, who said she was ‘extremely disturbed’ by Rudd’s offending, decided it would be better for the public if the former musician was rehabilitated rather than being jailed.

The pictures and films were found in Rudd’s home in Gray Road, Hendon, by police in Farringdon working on a tip off from detectives in Finland.

Prosecutor Ian Palmer said that between November 26, 2004 and May 14, 2005, Rudd downloaded 542 indecent photos and 106 pornographic film clips of young boys from the Internet .

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Mr Palmer said: “The National Crime Squad Paedophile Online Investigation Arm received evidence from police in Finland who had investigated a subject who was advertising the opportunity to download and upload images from an online server.

“Finnish police recovered equipment including a list of more than 2,200 people, from 78 countries, who had downloaded images.”

Rudd admitted 14 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child.

He told police he had been downloading child porn since 1999.

“He had a preference for boys between the ages of 11 and 25 years old,” Mr Palmer said. Mitigating, Mark Styles said Rudd’s life had fallen apart since he developed hearing difficulties preventing him from working as a musician.

He said: “He is a vulnerable man who has had enormous difficulties and who has received treatment for depression and a breakdown.”

Judge Beatrice Bolton said: “I am extremely disturbed by your offending.

“The appropriate sentence for you is six months in prison, reduced to four months for your early guilty plea.

“But if I pass an immediate custodial sentence, the court and the probation service would have no supervision of you at all.

“That would not be in the public’s interest. Someone like you can go two ways – either you are brought up short and that is an end to it or you can go on to offend again.”

Rudd has to complete a three-year community rehabilitation order under the supervision of the sex offending unit, and pay £915 court costs.