October 2016

Exeter pervert jailed for six years after videoing himself abusing baby

A pornography addict has been jailed after he filmed himself abusing an 18-month-old baby.

Aaron Cooper filmed a one minute 41 second movie clip on his mobile phone which showed him touching the baby with his left hand while holding the phone in his right.

He deleted the images but they were found by experts after his home was raided by police investigating allegations of downloading inappropriate material from the internet.

Cooper, aged 28, was identified as being the abuser after police compared the background to the clip with furnishings in his bedroom.

They called in a professor of forensic anatomy to compare the hand in the film to Cooper and traced the mother of the child, who identified the little girl.

It is thought she was asleep at the time and it is hoped she will never learn what happened to her.

He blamed his addiction to a type of animated Japanese child pornography called Hentai for his actions, saying in a text to a friend: “cartoon porn messed so much with my head, I thought it was okay”.

Supermarket worker Cooper, of De La Rue Way, Exeter, admitted sexual assault of a child and making an indecent image and was jailed for six years and eight months by Judge Erik Salomonsen at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him:”You believe your mind became altered by your obsession with pornography. You subjected this child to a serious sexual assault and photographed what you were doing on a mobile phone.

“I accept that immediately afterwards you realised the horror of what you had done and deleted the images but because of your obsession with pornography your address was searched by the police and the phone was seized.

“I bear in mind this was an isolated incident and you are a man of previously good character.”

Mr Joss Ticehurst, prosecuting, said Cooper’s home was searched in May 2015 but the image was not found on the phone for almost a year because of delays in analysing equipment.

He gave a no comment interview and so officers set about finding the identity of the child and proving the clip was shot at Cooper’s home and it was his hand that was filmed.

He said: “A professor was instructed and compared the images to the defendant’s hand and police looked at the furniture at his home address, particularly his bedroom.”

After his arrest Cooper sent texts which blame his behaviour on Hentai child pornography which he said had “crept up on him”.

Miss Judith Cornwall, defending, said Cooper is horrified and ashamed of what he did and deleted the image immediately because he ‘freaked out’ at his behaviour.

She said:”He was using pornography and had access to Hentai cartoons showing sexual images of children. He does recognise something impacted on his functioning. He acknowledges he needs help.

“The child suffered no physical harm and it is hoped she will never be told what happened. The defendant says she was asleep at the time.”

July 2016

Man admits sexually abusing 2-yr-old girl after footage found on phone

A man has admitted abusing a two-year-old girl after police found incriminating footage on his mobile phone.

Aaron Cooper was remanded in custody and warned he faces a jail sentence after he admitted sexually assaulting a two-year-old child.

Cooper, aged 28, of De La Rue Way, Exeter, also admitted making an indecent movie of a child when he appeared before Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

Mr Joss Ticehurst, prosecuting, asked for the case to be adjourned to allow the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether to add further charges relating to other images found on Cooper’s computer

He said the charges follow a lengthy investigation which has included specialist examination of deleted items recovered from the memory card of Cooper’s mobile phone.

The judge told Cooper:”This is a very serious offence. I am adjourning sentence. You will be remanded in custody.”