May 2015

Former civil servant shared indecent images of children online

A former civil servant caught sharing indecent images of children online was spared jail.

Graeme McEvatt, 33, of Eastern Avenue, Speke, admitted sending pictures of young girls to men in order to get photographs of them in return.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how police raided McEvatt’s home after receiving information about his emails on December 12, 2013.

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said they found a computer tower containing six Category B images – the second most serious examples – and 132 Category C images, which are the least serious.

There was also a single banned image of a child.

Mr Blasbery said: “He admitted that the tower belonged to him and went on to state that he was a homosexual but was attracted to heterosexual males and used social media to befriend them.

“He sent them pictures of primarily adult females and sometimes in return they would send him pictures of themselves.

“He said he got younger pictures of females in teens and went for younger and younger children.

“He said he sent these to men in order to chat with them.

“He said he was highly ashamed and disgusted by what he had done.”

McEvatt, admitted four counts of downloading, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

He had no previous convictions.

Philip Astbury, defending, said his client had been frank and open with the police.

He said McEvatt had worked as a civil servant until he became ill and suffered with anxiety and depression.

Recorder David Turner, QC, said: “Until you became ill with depression you had a good work record. The best thing you can do is try and get work, keep yourself busy and become a useful member of society again.

“There can be no doubt you will be ashamed of what you have done.

“I do not think the public will be assisted by sending you to prison.

“I do not consider on the evidence before me that you are a danger to children.

“You’re a man who has his sex life as a fantasy life in your own bedroom.”

The judge ordered McEvatt to attend a sex offenders programme and gave him a two-year community order with two year’s supervision.

He also said he must sign on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Recorder Turner said: “This is a day you will not forget. I hope you will never appear in court again.”