August 2013

Pervert’s shame ‘at child abuse images’

FORTY-four-year-old Gary Taylor has avoided a jail sentence after downloading thousands of indecent images of children.

The offences came to light after police searched his home in Biddulph in June last year.

Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court a number of electrical devices were seized, but only one – the computer tower – was found to have images on it.

Taylor answered no comment to all questions put to him by police.

He again answered no comment in November 2012, after the computer tower was examined.

Police then took a statement from Taylor’s father, who lived at the same address, to say the computer was nothing to do with him.

Taylor was interviewed again in February, when he admitted any images were downloaded by himself and he was ashamed of their existence.

Police found 918 images at level one, the least serious; 61 at level two; 342 at level three; 1,893 at level four and one at level five.

They also recovered one extreme pornographic image.

All the images were deleted, except for 37 at level one, which remained accessible.

Taylor, of Queens Drive, Biddulph, pleaded guilty to five charges of making indecent photographs of children between October 2011 and June 2012, and one charge of possessing an extreme pornographic image in June 2012.

Anis Ali, mitigating, said despite Taylor exercising his right to silence in the early interviews, he did then show a ‘remarkable frankness’ in accepting his culpability.

Mr Ali said Taylor lives an isolated existence and suffered from depression and anxiety.

Mr Ali added: “He is genuinely remorseful. He feels disgusted and ashamed.

“He has self referred for assistance and help. He recognises he needs help.”

Judge David Fletcher sentenced Taylor to a maximum three year community order with supervision, a requirement to attend the community sex offender group work programme, and he must not access the internet, unless given permission by his probation officer.

Judge Fletcher told Taylor: “I know you are ashamed of your behaviour. But you need to understand why the viewing of this material is a criminal offence.

“These children, somewhere in the world, have been vilely exploited for the benefit of people who go on to look at the images. That is why these type of offences are viewed so seriously.”

Taylor, who was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years, must pay £870 costs and a £60 surcharge.