November 2015

Man who downloaded indecent images of children jailed for two years

A man who downloaded indecent images of children has been jailed for two years.

Jamie Crowie, 23, was found to have the illegal images of youngsters on his mobile phone.

He pleaded guilty to seven offences of possessing indecent photographs, between December 2013 and November last year.

Leicester Crown Court was told that Crowie, of Belton Road, Loughborough, was arrested after the police received a tip off via a Canadian website that he had been chatting on-line about children sexually.

He was traced through his mobile phone.

Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said: “He told the police it was a waste of time because they couldn’t prove anything when they investigated him in 2012, which did not result in any charges.

“His online account showed his profile on a babysitting website offering his services to five families and claiming to have qualifications and experience.”

His offending related to the possession of three category A images and one movie clip, a category B image, 20 category C images, 26 prohibited pseudo images and two pictures of extreme pornography.

Sentencing Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: “Your offending came to light as a result of information from a Canadian internet company.

“It was suspected you were using a mobile phone and chatting to others about the sexual abuse of children.

“You used ‘pure lawbreaker’ as your tagline.

“There’s evidence about a babysitter chat line that you were a party to.”

However, Crowie was not charged in relation to the chat line.

Judge Mooncey said: “When you were 14 you tried to incite a female under 13 to perform a sexual act.

“Because of your age you were given supervision, and between 2007 and 2009 you were given help about these kind of matters; about sexuality and the rights and wrongs of it until you were 16.

“When you were arrested in November last year you told the police it was a waste of time and they couldn’t prove anything last time, during a 2012 investigation.

“Although you have difficulties, including ADHD, it seems you had an understanding that what you were doing was wrong.

“These images show horrendous things happening to young children who are being abused and their whole lives are being affected.

“A deterrent message must go out that viewing such images of children being abuse like that cannot be tolerated.”

Crowie was placed on a sexual harm prevention order and will have to enlist on a sex offender register.

Jonathan Straw, mitigating, said Crowie had a difficult upbringing and suffered abuse as a child, which he did not use as an excuse.

He said: “Perhaps it gives some insight as to why he entertained the need to view these images.

“He wants to be helped and the professional services feel he can be helped.

“There may have been a degree of bravado when the police went to arrest him, when he tried to divert the police in their investigation.

“Once the material was recovered he entered realistic guilty pleas.

“These matters happened more than a year ago and his partner has stuck by him.