August 2015

Glastonbury man found to have more than 1,200 indecent images of children sentenced

A GLASTONBURY man who searched the internet for child abuse images told police he wanted to get into trouble to get away from family problems and denied having a sexual interest in children, a court was told.

Steven Brown, 51, of High Street, was arrested after officers visited his home and found more than 1,200 images on his computer, and it was clear he had been searching for them, said William Hunter, prosecuting at Taunton Crown Court.

The most-serious images included sex attacks on girls aged about eight and nine and carried a potential sentencing range of 26 weeks to three years.

Harry Ahuja, defending, said that Brown’s comment about wanting to get away from family problems was “something he made up” and he accepted having an interest in children in the past.

Judge David Ticehurst asked how he thought a child felt when she was being subjected to abuse and Brown replied “terrible”.

The judge continued “The reason she was abused is because of people like you who apparently enjoy looking at such images, and if there weren’t people like she she would not have been abused- nor would all the other hundreds and thousands of children who are subjected to such abuse. I hope you think about that every single day for the rest of your life – the effect you have had on these young children”.

He said the appropriate sentence for the most-serious offences would be in the region of nine months but he would be released after about four months and would receive no treatment or help.

Brown was given a three-year community order with supervision and an internet sex treatment programme. He was ordered to pay £250 costs, and given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and sexual offences registration for five years.