June 2013

Pervert lusted over pre-teenage girls

A MAN with a lust for pre-teenage girls is facing jail after police seized computer equipment from his Sevenoaks workplace.

Andrew Rogers appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to six charges of making and possessing indecent photographs of children.

The 34-year-old’s crimes came to light after police tracked two e-mail addresses being used to communicate indecent images.

In total 3,615 still images and six movie clips were recovered after police visited a business premises in Sevenoaks and a property in Maidstone where his former girlfriend lived.

The police seized an iMac computer and a storage device from IVC Signs in St Johns Hill, Sevenoaks and a laptop computer from Maidstone before arresting Rogers.

When interviewed by the police, Rogers, who was living in Biggin Hill at the time, gave a full admission and said he liked looking at images of girls aged between 10 and 14 years old and found them sexually arousing.

After analysing the laptop, 356 live images were found of which 46 were category 4, which specifies penetrative sexual activity involving a child or children.

There were also 156 deleted images, including 31 at category 4, and six live movie clips, three of which were category 4, and the iMac computer taken from IVC Signs contained 3,103 level 1 images.

The court heard there had been an application for the destruction of the computer equipment.

Rogers, who now lives in Fareham, Hampshire, spoke only to plead guilty.

But his lawyer revealed he wanted the Lucy Faithfull Foundation to provide counselling and assistance to prevent him offending again.

The foundation is a UK-wide child protection charity dedicated to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused, and their work includes working with internet offenders and their families.

Rogers was released on conditional bail until June 21 when he will return to Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court for a pre-sentence report.

Due to the serious nature of the offences he may face a custodial sentence though this will depend in part on a report from the probation officer.

But the magistrate advised that he was willing to consider non-custodial options after Rogers pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and was seeking help from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.