May 2015

Police find 95,000 indecent images of children on Gloucestershire man’s computer

Moreton Valence man Edward Cramer had more than 95,000 indecent images of his children on his computer when police raided his home, a court heard.

Cramer’s home at Old Airfield Farm was raided by police as part of an international investigation into a Canadian porn supply firm

The majority of the images and films possessed by Cramer, 53, were the least serious category C but there were also dozens of Category A and more than a thousand in Category B, Gloucester crown court was told.

Cramer admitted nine offences of possessing illegal images of children. He was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, and placed under supervision with a condition to attend 40 days of a sex offenders’ programme.

He was also fined £500, ordered to pay £500 costs and a five-year sexual harm prevention order was imposed.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him: “As far as I can tell there is absolutely no hint that you have been interfering with young children at all, throughout your life. There is no evidence that you pose any immediate risk to children.

“But you obviously do have an interest in pre-pubescent children, particularly girls. You have had that interest for a very long time. By downloading this material you have been encouraging the trade which is so pernicious and horrible.”

Prosecutor Janine Wood said that on October 21 last year police went to Cramer’s home as part of an ongoing investigation into people who had purchased DVDs from a Canadian adult movie firm.

On his laptop and hard drive officers found 52 videos and six still images at the worst category A; 130 videos and 1,264 still images in Category B and 742 videos and 93,036 still images in category C.

“Cramer is a man of previous good character”, she added.

Stephen Ritter, defending, described Cramer as a “lonely man.”

Passing sentence, the judge said he was aware Cramer had been married to a Thai woman who had sadly died and he was now a “very troubled man”.