August 2013

Man admits possessing 1,400 indecent images

Steven Barrow

A MAN has admitted downloading more than 1,400 indecent/abusive images of children – including 130 of a person having sex with an animal.

Steven Barrow, told a court that he had downloaded the indecent images of children while trying to look for photographs of youths over 16.

The ages of the children ranged from four to 12 years old.

In total the 31-year-old was charged with 19 offences of making and possessing 1,420 indecent images ranging from levels one to five in severity at his former home in Turvey on or before June 28 last year and one charge of possessing 130 extreme pornographic images portraying an act of intercourse with a dead or live animal.

Speaking at during a hearing at Bedford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, prosecutor Camille Gifford, said: “The offences were carried out at his home address at the time following intelligence given to Bedfordshire Police about him accessing indecent images of children. His computer equipment was seized and there does not seem to be any evidence of the defendant distributing these images or showing them to others.

“The defendant was co-operative and although at first he was asked if he had any indecent images he said he didn’t think he did but later admitted he had started looking for some images of youths who were 16 and older but the images that came up started getting ‘extreme’, including some which showed children being sexually assaulted.”

The defence agreed that the case should be sentenced at the magistrates’ court and asked that consideration be given for Barrow, who now lives in Lilac Grove, Rushden, entering a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.

The case was adjourned for pre-sentences reports to be prepared, and he was awarded unconditional bail to appear back at the same court on October 1 for sentence.