April 2016

Torquay man, 55, faces jail for possessing indecent images of children


A 55-year-old Torquay man has been told he faces jail after hundreds of indecent images of children were found on his laptop.

Police arrested Clive Gard after seizing computers with indecent images from his home in June 2014, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He was released on police bail and left the marital home as a result of the incident, said prosecutor Ian Graham.

But when police went to his new address in July 2015 they found he had downloaded more indecent images of children.

Gard admitted 14 counts of possessing or making indecent and prohibited images of children and two of possessing images of extreme pornography.

The court was told the images included a number from the most serious category which showed children being raped by adults.

Judge Graham Cottle said he wanted a second pre-sentence report to be made which would take into account the defendant continuing to offend while on bail after his first arrest.

He said the defendant had ‘carried on where he left off’ after moving house.

“It needs to be looked at again. Why after you are first arrested and the computer seized are you doing it again very shortly afterwards?”

Gard, of Abbey Road, Torquay, was released on conditional bail until sentence on May 26