October 2015

Man admits possession of indecent images of children

A PAIGNTON man who accumulated a ‘porn stash’ from a decade of house clearances has been convicted of possessing indecent images and movies of children.

Warren Emery, 46, of Wills Avenue, searched the internet for explicit photos but said he did not have a sexual interest in children.

When police went to his house they found 154 pictures of children on his laptop and a collection of 41 DVDs.

He appeared at Exeter Crown Court where he admitted six charges of possessing indecent images of children and two of making indecent images of children.

The judge told him that people who viewed such material on the internet added to the misery suffered by the victims.

But he allowed Emery to walk free from court with a suspended sentence after hearing he was a man of previous good character.

The court was told police went to his house on May 13, 2014 and seized his laptop.

They found 21 Category A images; 36 Category B; and 97 Category C. The images in Category A being the most serious.

Emery told police the images were his and he had used file sharing software.

Police also found 41 discs. Emery said he had accumulated his ‘porn stash’ over 14 years of house clearances and had also downloaded some material.

Judge Francis Gilbert QC said: “You are 46-year-old and have no previous convictions and for that reason I shall impose a suspended sentence.

“These are serious charges which undoubtedly merit a custodial sentence.

“You have admitted downloading child porn for something like 12 years.

“You have a responsibility for the pain and suffering these children would have been caused.

“You must be very careful about your conduct in the future.”

Emery was given an eight month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

He was made to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Emery was also told to attend an internet course for sex offenders.