September 2015

Tewkesbury man revealed as child abuse images offender

A 31 year old Tewkesbury man was revealed as a child abuse images offender when he transmitted pictures of an eight year old boy who he claimed was his own nephew.

The images sent by David Burgess to another pervert were not indecent and they were not of his nephew – but when police found them on the recipient’s computer they arrested him, Gloucester crown court was told.

Officers then detected on Burgess’ computer equipment a total of 196 indecent images or videos of children, 132 of which were at the most serious category A, said prosecutor Julian Kesner.

Burgess, of Margaret Road, Tewkesbury, admitted nine offences of possessing indecent images of children and was sentenced to 10 months jail suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to attend a fifty day sex offender programme and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

He was ordered to sign the sex offender register or ten years and to pay a £900 criminal courts charge.

Mr Kesner said the way Burgess was caught was unusual. Officers were investigating another offender when they found messages from Burgess which included images of a boy he said was his nephew.

Police then raided Burgess’ home on 8th April this year and discovered 132 Category A images and videos, 54 Category B and 10 Category C.

His offending had been going on since 2007.

Burgess made full admissions of his offences when interviewed.

Sarah Jenkins, defending, said Burgess and the other man had met via a dating website and they had ‘sexualised fantasy conversations’ during which Burgess sent photographs of an 8 year old boy.

They were not indecent and the boy was not hid nephew, as he had claimed, she said

On several occasions over the years Burgess had felt so disgusted with his behaviour that he deleted all the images he had and vowed not to collect more – but then succumbed to temptation and did so, she added.

He is now in a supportive and committed relationship and has full time work, she said,

Passing sentence the judge, Mr Recorder Waddington, told Burgess “What has saved you more than anything else from going directly to prison today is the fact that, unlike a lot of people in your position you have shown some insight and acceptance of your culpability in this case.