September 2015

Paedophile caught with child abuse images


A man who downloaded indecent pictures and movies of children was spared jail.

Paul Yates, 29, was caught with a stash of nearly 250 child sex abuse images and videos last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that police raided his then home in Steeple View, Kirkby, on the morning of July 31.

Edmund Haygarth, prosecuting, said officers seized computer equipment including a laptop and pen drive and arrested Yates.

He told police they would find offensive images on his computer equipment before it was examined.

Yates also admitted posting on internet forums and chat rooms, where he searched for pictures.

Police discovered 75 Category A images – the most serious category – 82 Category B pictures and 59 Category C images.

The defendant also had 32 indecent movies, including 23 Category A, five Category B and three Category C videos, on his pen drive.

Yates, with brown hair and wearing glasses and a grey coat in the dock, admitted seven counts of making (downloading) and possessing indecent photographs and movies.

He had no previous convictions.

John Rowan, defending, said his client, now of Southdene, Kirkby, had co-operated fully with police.

He said Yates knew what he was doing was wrong and that he should not be doing it.

However, Mr Rowan said: “Unfortunately he felt an overwhelming and compelling need to do it.

“He has acknowledged he has problems and knows he needs assistance.”

He said Yates had seen his GP and sought counselling and was “ashamed and remorseful”.

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said: “You obtained from the internet a substantial number of films showing young children being violated – sexually abused in a horrible way and degraded.

“These were real victims put through those ordeals to provide sexual gratification for people such as you.”

Judge Conrad said: “I hope with that comes the insight of what these victims went through.”

He handed him an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order, and ordered him to attend a sex offenders rehabilitation programme.

The judge also made Yates subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.