May 2015

Man who says he looked at indecent images of children to ‘cope with stress’ spared jail

A man who looked at indecent images of children “to cope with stress” has been spared jail, a court heard.

Mark Pauley, of Cox’s End, Over, was found out after he applied for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to be removed. As a result, police officers made an unannounced visit to his home on September 20 last year, and discovered the photographs on his computer.

The 48-year-old pleaded guilty to possession of indecent photographs at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on March 23.

Sara Walker, prosecuting, told Cambridge Crown Court on Friday that Pauley became “nervous” and said “it wasn’t a good time” when the police arrived.

Five category C images and one category B image, showing Asian females under the age of 18, were discovered on the computer.

On January 10, Pauley spoke to the police again about the images – which included pictures of girls likely to be under 10.

The court heard how Pauley had suffered recent stress with the death of his mother.

Ms Walker added: “Pornographic material was his way of coping with stress.”

In 2008, Pauley was given a community order for possession and making indecent images, as well as voyeurism.

Melanie Benn, mitigating, said the 48 year old had still not come to terms with the death of his mother in 2013.

She asked the judge to issue a suspended sentence order in the community.

Ms Benn said: “Give Mark Pauley an opportunity to show that he is capable of changing.”

Judge Jonathan Haworth said: “Police officers smelt a rat and discovered child pornography on your computer.

“When you came under stress you extended that to these pictures of children.”

Judge Haworth gave Pauley a four-month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months.

A new Sexual Offences Prevention Order was also issued which will last 10 years.

April 2008

Littleport man had 17,000 sickening images

A LITTLEPORT man was found in possession of more than 17,000 sickening images of child abuse during an operation by the FBI.

Mark Pauley, 41, of Friars Way, admitted 15 charges of making indecent pictures when he appeared before Ely magistrates.

The court heard that five of the images on Pauley’s computer had the highest severity rating of level five, showing children involved in extreme sexual practices, including a five minute video of four children being violently abused.

Pauley also admitted a charge of possessing the 15 indecent images, and an allegation of voyeurism, involving the filming of people in a state of semi nakedness through a window.

Prosecutor Matthew Bradbury told the court that the Pauley was arrested as part of the FBI’s Operation Predator, investigating child pornography.

Pauley was warned he was facing jail, and was committed for sentence at Cambridge Crown Court. A sex offender’s registration order was made.