May 2016

Scunthorpe man sentenced for having 122 indecent images of young boys

Blake Madison

A MAN who had more than 120 indecent images of young boys on his mobile phone was spared an immediate prison sentence.

Blake Madison, 41, of George Street, Scunthorpe pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of a child between February 8, 2013 and February 9, 2015 and was sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court.

Prosecuting, Craig Lowe said police went to Madison’s home on February 8 last year in relation to a similar matter which his partner was arrested for.

He said a search of Madison’s bedroom led them to find a mobile phone which he admitted was his, containing indecent images of young boys.

Mr Lowe said: “While their search of the property was conducted, a mobile telephone was seized from under the pillow on the bed.

“It was sent for analysis and was found to have a number of indecent images of boys, the youngest being seven to 10.

“There were five images at level A, 27 at level B and 90 at level C.

“The defendant, understandably, was arrested, cautioned and interviewed in relation to that.

He accepted the phone was his and he was the only person with access to it.”

Mr Lowe said Madison told police he was born with spina bifida, which had affected his development and meant he had to have reconstructive surgery.

Mr Lowe said: “That led him to be fascinated with male development and that led him to a fascination with male pornography.

“He said he had never had any help with that but wanted help to make sure he didn’t offend again in a similar way.”

Mr Lowe said Madison had three previous convictions relating to 15 offences, including two for similar matters.

He had been given a 12-month prison sentence at Hull Crown Court in 2011 for making indecent photographs of children.

Mitigating, Antony Farrell said Madison had pleaded guilty to the offence at the first opportunity.

He said Madison was due to undergo reconstructive surgery at the end of the year.

He said: “His fascination seems to be how he is and how other people look in relation to development.

“Certainly in respect of that, he feels himself to be in a situation where he views himself as extremely ugly and as such, it has caused a constant source of depression since he was nine years old.”

Mr Farrell said Blake had endured a difficult upbringing and had been “more or less kicked out of the family home at a very young age”.

And he asked for any custodial sentence to be suspended to allow Madison to get help to address his problems.

He said: “He is extremely keen not simply to avoid prison but to rid himself of those demons.

“He wants help in respect of being able to lead a normal, law-abiding life.”

Sentencing, Recorder Tahir Khan told Madison: “Against your background of previous convictions for similar offending, this offending is, in my judgment, so serious as to justify a sentence of imprisonment.

“The matter that has been exercising my thoughts, that requires a judgment from me, is whether you represent such a danger to the public that only immediate custody can be justified or whether there are reasons for concluding that punishment within the community may in the long term be better for society.”

Recorder Khan said he felt able to suspend the sentence, partly because of Madison’s motivation to get help in relation to his issues.

Madison was handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete the sex offenders’ treatment programme and a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.