May 2016

Pervert ‘laminated’ indecent images of young boys for sexual gratification

An unemployed pervert from Truro has avoided an immediate prison sentence after being caught with hundreds of indecent images of young boys on his laptop and other electronic devices.

Justin Endean, 42, of Rosedale Road, was found with devices containing scores of photographs and videos – including some in the most serious category which included children being raped – as a result of a police operation targeting those who buy DVDs containing indecent images.

Prosecutor Heather Hope told Truro Crown Court today that police searched his address on December 1, 2014

“In his home, under his bed, police found an indecent image of an underage boy and another 48 indecent still images of young boys,” she said.

“They also seized a number of digital devices and sent them off for forensic examination.”

The court heard that Endean was interviewed at Newquay Police Station where he admitted to looking at images online, but said he believed they were legitimate and that they weren’t illegal.

Miss Hope added: “Mr Endean made a full and frank admission and accepted he’d downloaded images and some of them he admitted he’d laminated to keep for future use by himself.

“He also admitted he had bought DVDs containing indecent images of children.”

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC explained how Endean’s offending took place largely during the years 2009 to 2010.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark told Endean that his jail sentence would be suspended because he has given a “full and frank admission” of his guilt.

The judge said: “You frankly admitted to the probation officer that you find naked photos of boys aged between 10 and 15 sexually arousing, and as you know, such images involve underage children.

“You also implicated to [the probation officer] that talking about this aspect of your life was a weight being lifted off your shoulders.

“You seem relieved to be able to talk about it and bring it out into the open. I bear in mind you made a full and frank admission to the police.”

The judge added: “You clearly get sexual gratification from this type of image but you must remember it is illegal.”

Endean was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for a year, with a 12 month supervision order.

A sexual harm prevention order – which includes terms such as forcing Endean only to access the internet when his search history can be displayed and making that available on request to a police officer – was put in place for 10 years.

Endean must sign the sex offender’s register, where he will remain for 10 years.

His Toshiba laptop and three USB sticks were also ordered to be destroyed.