September 2015

Pervert hacked into other paedophiles’ emails to download their indecent images

A pervert hacked into the email accounts of other paedophiles and downloaded their indecent images and videos of children.

When police called at the Aigburth home of John Evans, 35, they seized his computer and external hard drives and found a “colossal” total of 28,000 child porn images.

Liverpool crown court heard that the university graduate had downloaded some images from the internet but got others by hacking into other people’s email accounts and searching for the indecent images after becoming addicted to them.

Evans, of North Sudley Road, was described as a clearly talented man who had secured “the job of a lifetime” working for Sony designing games, progressing to the next stage of his career ladder.

Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said that most of the 27,956 images and videos were in the lowest category of seriousness but there were 33 images and 10 videos in the more serious categories.

He said: “It was obvious he had actively been seeking out such material. They were kept in folders and Evans admitted to police he had been looking at the images for about four years and accepted he received sexual gratification from that.

“He admitted he had accessed Facebook accounts of other people, including former girlfriends, and then used the information to access Hotmail accounts.

“The police identified him because he had been accessing the Hotmail account belonging to someone suspected of downloading indecent images.”

Evans pleaded guilty to three offences of downloading child porn and one of possession.

Name Zarrosug, defending, said that Evans has had the matter hanging over him since his arrest in August last year and has given the police useful information. His “addiction” started after “effectively stumbled across child porn and his curiosity stemmed from that.”

She added that while awaiting sentence he has sought to access help.

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, who described the worst images as “disgusting and repellent” said: “It would have been extremely distressing for those whose accounts were hacked for sexual purposes and that is the sinister aspect of this case.

“You had been actively seeking images and downloaded a colossal number.”

“I do not buy you were sexually frustrated in the temporary absence of a partner because that does not explain your choice of disgusting material.

“There is no doubt you do pose a risk to children. These offences are very serious and that risk must be addressed and the court has to act in the best interests of children.”

He imposed a three year community order and ordered him to attend the demanding Northumbria sex offenders group work programme. He also ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and imposed a Sexual Harm Behaviour Order restricting his internet use.