August 2013

Dad had 10-year addiction to indecent child images

A FATHER amassed thousands of indecent images of children on his home computers, a court was told.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Kevin Marriott, of Tennyson Road, St Mark’s, Cheltenham that his “whole world has come thundering down” after his 10-year addiction to child pornography was exposed.

Marriott, 42, pleaded guilty to 19 offences of making and possessing indecent images of children and was given a 15-month prison sentence suspended for two years. Gloucester Crown Court was told the images ranged from Level One (the least serious) to Level Five (the most serious) and involved children as young as three.

Judge Tabor told Marriott, who brought a packed holdall into the dock in anticipation of an immediate custodial sentence: “You had a partner, a daughter and an excellent job but because of your addiction to this filth, your whole world has come thundering down around you and you have lost them all.

“You have fallen a long way.

“In one instance a three-year-old girl was filmed being abused by adults, which is utterly wicked.

“No doubt if you saw such abuse on the street you would punch the perpetrator on the nose but because of the impersonality of a television screen you accepted it for your own gratification.

“Such children are sexually exploited by adults for people like you.”

The judge then told the defendant that his family – some of whom were in the public gallery – had been put through “disgrace, embarrassment and humiliation”.

Defence lawyer Jon Holmes said: “My client is of previous good character but he harboured this dark secret in the recesses of his mind.

“His entrenched addiction for the past 10 years has cost him everything. But he needs help and assistance to overcome his addiction.”

Marriott was tracked down after he posted certain material on Facebook when he visited the United States, said Mr Holmes.

Besides the suspended prison sentence, Marriott was ordered to undertake an intensive 60-session Thames Valley Sexual Offenders Programme, pay £400 costs and sign the Sexual Offenders Register for 10 years.