September 2015

Walton paedophile sent vile indecent pics of children to sex offender in USA

Stuart Anderson

A paedophile from Liverpool who e-mailed indecent images of children to a sex offender in America was spared prison.

Stuart Anderson, 65, was caught with a stash of child sexual abuse images and animal pornography at his family’s home in Walton Lane, Walton

Liverpool Crown Court heard how he also sent the pervert a picture of a pregnant woman accompanied with disturbing sexual comments.

Tom Watson, prosecuting, said US officials arrested the man in America on suspicion of child sex abuse offences on March 21 this year.

When his computer was forensically examined they found correspondence between him and an email address belonging to Anderson.

The court heard Anderson had sent the man five Category C images, along with two non-indecent images of children and a non-indecent image of a pregnant woman.

When police raided his home at around 6.40am on May 17, they seized the married dad’s computer and laptop.

He was found to have 15 Category A images – the most serious category – eight Category B pictures and 200 Category C images.

Anderson also had 38 extreme pornographic photographs and 74 explicit pseudo-photographs.

The defendant, with grey hair and wearing a blue suit in the dock, admitted six charges.

These included downloading and possessing indecent images of children, extreme pornography and indecent pseudo-photographs.

He had no previous convictions.

Carole Clarke, defending, said Anderson’s crimes had led to a devastating effect on his personal life.

She said: “He comes before you a completely broken man. He is ashamed of himself.

“It has wrecked his marriage. He now has no contact with his family.”

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said sending the picture of the pregnant woman was “particularly reprehensible”.

He added: “I’m concerned by his assertion that seems to me to be a denial that he didn’t access these images for sexual gratification.

“Only with acceptance can rehabilitation begin.”

Miss Clarke said: “He now accepts that must have been the case, although he finds it very difficult to come to terms with.”

Judge Conrad said Anderson had started to come to terms with the “awful nature” of what he had done.

He said: “These are real victims. These are children subjected to terrible abuse, harmful and degrading to them, to provide sexual gratification to those who wish to view such images.

“It’s for that reason that what you did was serious as well as being disgusting and disgraceful.”

The judge said Anderson’s full admissions to police and his early guilty plea enabled him to suspend his sentence.

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

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

Judge Conrad said: “You are it seems to me a broken man. You have suffered total disgrace and shame.”