Mackworth pensioner caught with more than 2,100 child abuse images of young boys
A perverted pensioner from Derby caught with more than 2,000 child abuse images of young boys has been spared an immediate prison term.
Derby Crown Court heard how more than 550 of the sick pictures and movies found on the laptop of Raymond Stevenson were of the most serious category A type.
They also discovered “concerning” emails he had sent to other paedophiles which saw him “discuss his (sexual) preferences”.
The 2,103 photographs and films had been downloaded over a five-month period earlier this year, but detectives discovered “thousands more” which could not be classified.
And Stevenson, of Mackworth, admitted to the police he had been carrying out his offending for “around five years”.
Handing the 67-year-old an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, Recorder Adrian Reynolds said: “I have to sentence you for a catalogue of dreadful behaviour which you had indulged yourself in for some time.
“The fact is you are one of a number of people who somehow justify this behaviour by seeming to think it is not real people that are being abused.
“That is a grossly distorted perspective to have.
“But I accept you are pretty ashamed of yourself and I do believe you are not going to do it again.
“You are 67 and have never been in trouble before and I have been told there are good prospects of you being rehabilitated.
“So rather than sending you to sit in a cell for a relatively short amount of time where there is the prospect of you becoming more entrenched in this warped mind set I am handing you an intensive sex offenders programme which will make you realise quite how awful this offending has been.”
Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, said police raided Stevenson’s home, in Hounslow Road, at 6.30am on August 22 after receiving information his internet address had been downloading the indecent images.
She said: “He took them out of earshot of his mother and told them they would find indecent images of young boys on his computer.
“Analysis of this laptop discovered 2,103 indecent images and he had also used search terms for young boys, some as young as eight.
“It is right to say there were concerning emails also found which he had sent to other people in which he discussed the images and his preferences.
“In interview he admitted he looked for indecent images of young boys and had been doing so for around five years.”
Miss Wilson said in total officers discovered 537 category A indecent images or films, 386 category B and 1,138 category C as well as 42 prohibited images which would typically show animated pictures of young boys engaged in sexual activity.
She said: “It is fair to say there were thousands more images that could not be categorised due to the sheer number.”
Stevenson pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images of underage children.
As well as the suspended sentence he was handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.