March 2013

Leicester man jailed for having animal sex and child abuse videos

A man has been jailed after admitting accessing hundreds of images and videos of adults committing sex acts with animals.

Ivan Crewe (48) was also found to have about 500 indecent images and video clips of young girls on his computer.

At Leicester Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing extreme pornography, 10 counts of making indecent photographs of children, by downloading them, and two offences of possessing indecent images of children, in March 2011.

Alan Murphy, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant at Crewe’s then address in Braunstone, Leicester, and seized his computer.

He confessed to having accessed illegal images and immediately sought professional help for his problem, the court heard.

The offences involved the possession of 1,885 extreme pornographic images, including 442 films involving bestiality.

Also found were 222 indecent images of children – including 38 in the most serious category, level five.

Mr Murphy said the child pornography featured girls aged between six and 15.

There were also 58 prohibited cartoon images depicting sexual activity with children.

Judge Simon Hammond viewed a sample of the images on a laptop in court.

He said: “It’s one of the most unpleasant jobs a judge has to do.

“How anyone could find any pleasure from such things going on, heaven only knows.

“They’re so disgusting, I’m not even going to describe them in court.

“It’s clear from reports I’ve read the defendant is ill.

“Anyone watching these images has got to be ill, I suppose.

“It involves revolting sex acts with animals.”

Regarding the child pornography, the judge said: “The gravity is that somewhere in the world children are being grossly abused to create such images.”

Crewe, of Barton Road, Leicester, was jailed for eight months.

He will be on a sex offender register for 10 years and was banned from ever working with children.

James Varley, mitigating, said: “He’s an ill man who needs help and has voluntarily sought counselling.”

Crewe’s 26-year marriage was said to be over, and another relationship had also failed as a result of his actions.