June 2016

Pervert says he had ‘addiction’ to indecent images of young boys

A man who spent 14 years sailing the world with the Royal Navy was spared an immediate prison sentence so that attempts may be made to cure his “addiction” to pornographic images of boys.

Alan Gorman, 59,of Penn Hill, Yeovil, was convicted by South Somerset magistrates last month of making indecent photographs and committed to Taunton Crown Court for sentencing

His offending was discovered by an American organisation which notified the UK authorities in January 2014, and he was visited by police officers who seized three mobile phones in January last year.

They found about 1,500 indecent images had been downloaded along with nearly 3,000 “borderline” images, the court heard last week.

Simon Cooper, prosecuting, said the stills and movies were mainly of young teenaged boys but some were aged about six to eight years, which he had been viewing “for quite a number of years”.

There were a large number of Category A images and he made full admissions when interviewed.

Patrick Mason, defending, said he was in a children’s home for ten years and joined the Navy after leaving school. He spent 14 years, mainly at sea, and visited 97 countries before leaving after being told he was to be shore-based.

His last job was as a manager for a large retail chain and he lived a quiet and uncomplicated life on his own. His health was poor and he had artery problems following many years of smoking.

The Recorder said he would not be helped by sending him to prison “with others who have the same condition”, and he had mental health issues.

The images were freely obtainable and extremely easy to get at, and fuelled the addiction of those who wished to see them.

In prison, he would be in a unit where he would be surrounded by offenders “who have done similar things, or worse” and it would be in the public interest if the probation service felt he could be helped by attending an internet offenders’ course.

Sentencing him to nine months, suspended for two years with supervision, the judge said he was not getting away lightly and there were good reasons why attempts must be made “to cure you of your addiction. If the probation service thinks that’s possible, it’s worth trying”.

The “real problem” of the offences was that victims in the images were exploited by others and “you increase the possible harm to the children who are subject to that exploitation. This is something which needs to be instilled into you”, he added.

Gorman was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years and was handed a sexual harm prevention order banning access to the internet.