October 2017

Ex-Boys’ Brigade leader who downloaded child abuse images avoids jail

An ex-Boys’ Brigade leader has avoided prison after he was caught with almost 30,000 indecent images 

James Clark, who volunteered with 1st Ash Green unit, amassed the vast ‘collection’ on two computer disks.

A large quantity of the images, both stills and movie clips, depicted abuse of pre-pubescent boys.

A total of 27,784 were found on the CD ROMs and were categorised by police at all levels of seriousness.

But 36-year-old Clark was spared prison 

The former grammar school pupil admitted six offences of making indecent photographs of children.

Maidstone Crown Court in Kent heard they were found after police went to his home in New Ash Green on discovering chatroom conversations with other paedophiles about child abuse.

Clark initially denied having any sexual interest in children but later admitted having an addiction to adult pornography.

The court was told the two disks found by police were among 138 which had recently come out of storage when he moved home.

Clark, of Capelands, New Ash Green, was given a nine-month jail term suspended for two years.

Clark was also ordered to undertake a sex offender treatment programme, attend a rehabilitation activity requirement for 60 days, and be on a four-month nightly tagged curfew.

He must sign on the sex offenders’ register and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.