April 2016

Pervert who had 62k videos, spared second jail term over indecent child images

A Stevenage man previously jailed for downloading indecent images of children has been spared a second prison sentence after being caught in possession of 62,000 videos.

When police arrived on Mark Roulson’s doorstep in Prestatyn Close on March 3 last year and asked if he had been accessing illegal images, Roulson said: “What like the last time in ’99? Well, yes, I have seen some children.”

In 1999 he was jailed for five months for ten counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Today, (Friday, April 29) the 51-year-old pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images of children, one charge of possessing extreme pornographic images, and one of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

Cambridge Crown Court was told the charges related to 381 movies and 131 still photographs at the highest category A; 118 movies and 150 stills at category B; and 129 movies and 4,040 stills at category C of girls aged four to 15.

There were also seven movies and 72 stills of bestiality and one prohibited cartoon.

The court heard that in addition to the photographs and movies in the charges, police found 61,853 videos which had not been examined because it would take “hundreds of man hours to do so”, said the prosecutor.

They did not form part of the charges.

Judge Jonathan Haworth told Roulson he had fully intended to jail him for the latest offences but a pre-sentence report had “cogently and logically” suggested it should be suspended so he could take advantage of a rehabilitation programme.

Roulson received a 16-month prison term, suspended for two years, with a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and was ordered to pay £425 costs.

He will also be on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and the judge made a sexual harm prevention order for 12 years, allowing police to monitor his internet use and history.

Prosecutor Duncan O’donnell said in 1999 Roulson was working in Sainsbury’s computer and IT department and downloading indecent images of children on to his work computer. He was caught out by his employer.

Mitigating, Rosie Bayley said rehabilitation programmes were not available in 1999 and Roulson wanted to have an opportunity now of following a programme to prevent him re-offending.

“There’s a reluctance from him to accept there’s an active attraction to children.

“He says it’s something he has tried to bury, or deny because it’s shameful,” she told the court.

“He hopes that this programme will bring him through the process of accepting that attraction. The programme will significantly reduce the risk of re-offending.”