Man jailed for downloading indecent images of children
A married former businessman has been jailed for downloading indecent images of children and extreme pornography involving a horse.
Paedophile Trevor Fisher, 43, from Harrogate, spent three years scouring the net for images of youngsters engaged in sexual acts.
Of the 33 images downloaded by Fisher, 32 were video files featuring children between the ages of 10 and 14, York Crown Court heard.
Police forensic analysis of Fishers computers and search history showed he had a particular interest in viewing sexualised images of young boys.
Among the degrading images found by the forensics team was an extreme pornographic video featuring a horse and a woman.
Police raided Fishers home on June 16 after the Serious Crime Unit got a tip-off from cyber-crime investigators who traced indecent images to Fishers computer ID address, where he had been uploading the twisted movie files onto a peer-to-peer file-sharing site where paedophiles could indulge their perversions.
Officers seized computer equipment for analysis and arrested Fisher, but he initially denied any wrongdoing. He finally owned up when police showed him evidence from the analysis, the majority of which were Category A videos of children – the most serious.
Fisher, of Hartley Road, appeared for sentence at York Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to four counts of making indecent images of a child between September 2012 and June this year.
He also admitted four counts of distributing indecent images on the paedophilic file-sharing site and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image featuring a horse and a woman.
Prosecuting barrister Louise Reevell said of the 32 video files downloaded by Fisher, 26 were Category A. Of the 19 images sent by Fisher to other paedophiles, the majority were also in the Class A bracket.
She added that 30 search terms had been used by Fisher as he browsed the dark web searching for shots of young boys.
Other images showed an adult male sexually abusing a young girl and children in sexualised poses.
Fisher claimed he had first come across the images while downloading music from the peer-to-peer site.
Defence barrister Susannah Proctor said Fisher, who has no previous convictions, had suffered panic attacks since his arrest and had contemplated suicide.
She said he had been running a successful company with a large turnover, but when it started losing money he became highly-stressed and turned to drink.
She said it was during this period that Fisher started scouring the web to release his anxiety.
She added that Fishers wife, who was sat in the public gallery, was standing by her husband. The couple were now selling their business because of financial problems and the stress of court proceedings, and were planning to leave the area.
Judge Robert Bartfield described the images as highly-disturbing and obscene, and said he had no option but to jail Fisher because real children had suffered to feed his lust and that of other paedophiles.
Fisher suffered a panic attack as Mr Bartfield pronounced a 16-month jail term. Court staff rushed to his aid and paramedics treated him in custody.