March 2021

Convicted sex offender jailed after Essex Police find haul of vile child abuse images

Stuart Broom

A convicted paedophile has been jailed after he was found with indecent images of children.

Stuart Broom, 41, of Bewick Court, Sible Hedingham, Essex has been jailed for 18 months and given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Officers from the Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) at Essex Police executed a warrant at a Sible Hedingham address in November 2019 after receiving information that Stuart Broom had indecent images of children on his phone, contrary to his Sex Offender Notification Requirements.

During the search, they found a mobile phone hidden within the premises.

Officers also found a small quantity of cannabis at the address.

The phone was checked and found to contain indecent images and videos of children.

Broom admitted three counts of making indecent images, one count of possession of extreme pornographic images and possession of cannabis at Chelmsford Crown Court.

September 2013

Car salesman had indecent images of kids on his work computer in Harlow

A car salesman who downloaded indecent images on his work computer in Harlow has been spared jail.

Stuart Broom, 34, who worked for CMC Seat Group at its Edinburgh Way branch, was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months with 12 months’ supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £300 costs, sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order regulating his computer use and allowing police to monitor his internet activity for five years.

The court heard that Broom, of Great Waltham, near Chelmsford, pleaded guilty to two offences of making indecent images of children at his home and work, on or before October 24 last year.

The majority of the 1,600 indecency images were on Broom’s work computer. There were 1,360 at the lowest level one, 38 at level two, 182 at level three, 87 at level four and four at level five. They were of girls aged from 6-10.

Prosecutor Mark Lakin said a specialist police unit became interested in Broom’s computer activity and informed Essex Police. Their investigation linked his internet activity at work and his laptop at his then home in Stile Croft, Harlow.

When interviewed, Broom said he had received emails with attachments and opened them “out of curiosity”. But analysis showed that he had also researched such sites using search words such as “pre-teen”, said the prosecution.

The bulk of the images were found on his work computer.

Mr Lakin told the court: “He said whatever he did was out of curiosity. He doesn’t accept he was sexually aroused by images of young people.”

Judge Anthony Goldstaub told Broom as he sentenced him: “I accept you have no sexual interest in children. It was a case of wicked curiosity.”

He said downloading child pornography “whether from curiosity or sexual obsession” encouraged traffic in child abuse.

“In your small way you contributed to this culture,” the judge added.