June 2016

Pervert, 21, caught with movies of children being sexually abused

PERVERT Liam Stazaker downloaded indecent images of children for his own sexual gratification.

The 21-year-old was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his Newcastle home

Officers seized a MacBook from his bedroom which was analysed and was found to contain three movies of children being sexually abused.

Two were at category A – the most serious – and one at category B.

Now Stazaker has been handed a community order as the judge believes that is the best way to protect the public.

Prosecutor Peter McCartney told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that police, acting on information, raided the defendant’s home in Cambridge Drive at 6.35am on January 21 last year (2015).

Mr McCartney said: “They seized his MacBook from his bedroom. It contained three movies.

“He acknowledged he had a problem.

“He said he approached the Lucy Faithful Foundation but the cost was prohibitive so he did not take up their help.”

Stazaker, of Cambridge Drive, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to two offences of making indecent photographs of children.

Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant had accrued significant debts but his father is re-mortgaging his home to pay them off and Stazaker intends to repay his parents.

Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Stazaker to a three-year community order with an accredited programme requirement.

He told the defendant: “You installed a programme which allowed you to browse the internet anonymously and search for images of young children.

“You sought to obtain and swap images. And you had some very unpleasant conversations with others via the internet.

“You have been frank with the author of the pre-sentence report.

“You viewed images for a number of years and you accept seeking out and exchanging images, although I do not sentence you for distribution because you are not charged with it.

“You accept you were sexually motivated and derived some sexual gratification.”

The judge said Stazaker was ‘luckier than most’ as he comes from a good home and has a supportive family.

Judge Glenn added: “You have run up significant debt due to a gambling addiction. It is time you grew up a bit, hold down a job and begin to lead a more industrious lifestyle.”

Stazaker will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years and was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for the same period.

He was also ordered to pay £350 costs.