September 2015

Pervert lured young girls home for abuse


Pervert Brett Saunders, who enticed young girls into his home and filmed them undressing in his bathroom, was yesterday jailed for seven years.

A judge told Saunders, 42, Croft Road, Swindon, his conduct was “absolutely disgraceful.”

Earlier she had heard victim impact statements from the girls and told the paedophile that the reports showed what “devastation” he had caused in their lives.

A jury heard that Saunders treated one of the girls “as his adult partner” by kissing her, touching herand on one occasion rubbing talcum powder on her body.

Saunders, who has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life, tried to get another of the three girls to sleep with him in his bed.

All of his victims, who he abused from 2004 until 2010, were aged under 13 years old.

He had denied a string of offences against the vulnerable youngsters but he was convicted by a jury after a six-day trial.

After the abuse stopped Saunders turned to online child abuse images, twice being jailed after thousands of indecent images and videos were uncovered on his computer by detectives.

Judge Kristina Montgomery told Saunders his internet history gave the “clearest demonstration of your sexual interest in children.”

Saunders showed no emotion as he was led away having been found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault on girls under the age of 13 and a further three of voyeurism.

During the trial one of the young girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court she had been sexually touched by Saunders around 30 times and claimed she was filmed from the age of about seven or eight years old.

Referring to his previous convictions, Judge Montgomery said: “Your background of what you have viewed on the internet is the clearest demonstration of your sexual interest in children.”

For the two sexual assaults committed on the first girl, Saunders was jailed for two years.

For another five carried out against a second he was jailed for three years, with an additional 12-months added for a further sexual assault on the third girl.

Those sentences will be served consecutively.

He was jailed for a further 12 months for the three counts of voyeurism and will be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the next ten years.

August 2013

Man jailed again for child abuse images

A MAN who started downloading indecent images of children just 16 months after he was released from prison for similar offences is back behind bars.

Brett Saunders, of Beaulieu Close, Toothill, had thousands of pictures and movies of child abuse on his computer which he was banned from owning.

The 40-year-old was caught after an investigation by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre into a website where ‘bespoke’ images of abuse were made.

Rosie Collins, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the site could only be accessed by prior knowledge and involved having specialist software downloaded.

“It was a site were movies were effectively being made to order: bespoke movies,” she told the court, adding there was no indication he had been involved in ordering abuse.

They traced one of the users to Saunders and arrested him at his home in Swindon in September last year. When they searched it they found a laptop, a hard drive, two thumb drives, and a mobile phone, none of which he was allowed to have.

The hardware and storage media were examined and found to contain more than 5,000 images and movies of children being abused.

Miss Collins said the vast majority of them were of victims under the age of 13 with some as young as three or four years old.

She said in May 2010 he was jailed for eight months and also put under a sexual offences prevention order.

The terms of that order meant he was not allowed to use a computer or other device without approved filter software and the permission of the police.

When he was questioned he admitted he had been downloading indecent images of children saying he couldn’t explain why he started doing it again.

Saunders pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order, eight counts of making and one of possessing indecent images of children.

He was jailed in 2010 after a work mate found one of his CDs of vile images lying about at work, and when police were closing in on him he threw a laptop into a river.

Graham Bennett, defending, said that during his short prison sentence he received little help for his addiction to the material he was looking at.

He said he knew that he was facing the prospect of a jail term for what he had done.

Passing sentence Judge Euan Ambrose said: “Between November 2011 and September last year, a period of about ten-and-a- half months, you searched for, sought out and downloaded no fewer than 5,672 indecent images of children.

“In all probability there were more on your computer, but the police only have resources to catalogue them so far.

“You express remorse and a desire to seek treatment. While there is no reason to suppose those expressions are not sincere, they have to be viewed against the background here of repeat offending and the manner in which you breached the sexual offences prevention order.

“These were offences committed within a relatively short time after your release from your last prison sentence.”

He jailed him for two years and eight months and imposed a new sexual offences prevention order for when he is finally released.