January 2005

Jail for child torture pervert

A VILE pervert who possessed more than 4,000 sick images of children – some being sadistically tortured – has been jailed.

Darren Jeffrey Brown, of Shannon Street, central Blackpool, was sentenced to more than three years in prison by Judge Peter Smith, who said the images made him feel “anger, revulsion and distress”.

Brown, 36, was snared by police after a tip off from Dutch colleagues conducting an international investigation into the distribution of child porn.

Preston Crown Court heard how officers found that a computer in the UK had files containing sickening images of extremely young children and infants being sexually abused.

Dutch police contacted their UK counterparts who quickly tracked Brown down to his flat, in which every wall was covered with pictures of young children.

A computer, three hard drives and a number of CDs were seized in the raid and police found thousands of images on each.

The images were made up of a collection of still photographs and moving video, some of which contained shots considered most vile by the law.

When interviewed, Brown admitted having the images and, David Temkin, prosecuting, told the court, he told officers he himself had been abused and filmed as a child.

Using his knowledge of computers, Brown said he was looking for the images of himself, hoping to spike them with a virus to stop them being passed on.

Chris Hudson, defending, said his client was not “punting” the images around the internet, but had merely left them in a folder on his computer that was accessible by others using a file-swapping programme.

Mr Hudson said: “The defendant concedes that these are very serious offences. I put forward that he is a very damaged individual.

“He went into care at an early age and was discharged at 16 and left to fend for himself

“The defendant was bored, had computer skills and was looking for images of himself. Once the police came in he was frank and fully co-operative.”

Brown, originally from Bedford, pleaded guilty to 20 counts of making indecent images and three counts of distributing indecent images of a child.

He sat in the dock wearing a cream bubble jacket and grey striped sweater and was later led away in silence.

Sentencing Brown to three years four months for each count of distributing the images and two years for each count of making images, all to run concurrently, Judge Smith said: “No normal person can view the images and feel anything except anger, revulsion and distress.

“The young children in these horrible images were the victims of a sadistic torture and often it is said that those who enter the market place for such material encourage others to produce it.”

After the hearing DC Steve Fulton, of Preston Police, said “This is an excellent result which follows a multi-agency policing investigation which started in Holland.

“The images that were found on Brown’s computer were of the worst possible kind and the fact that he is now behind bars sends a clear message that this type of offence will be dealt with firmly by the criminal justice system.”