July 2019

Pervert had sickening images of girls as young as five

A pervert had appalling pictures of girls as young as five-years-old on his computer.

Paul Bacon, from Belper, had a total of 199 indecent images of children and two videos stored across two hard drives.

The nature of some of the pictures were read out in court and were so graphic that they cannot be detailed here.

It was revealed in court that the 35-year-old lives within 100m of a school for autistic children, the Belper site of the Holbrook School for Autism, in John O’Gaunt’s Way.

When our reporter tried to take a picture of Bacon as he left court, another man hurriedly put his hands in front of the camera in an attempt to stop the photograph being taken.

Abigail Hill, prosecuting, said: “At 6.20am on September 18, last year police officers attended an address in John O’Gaunt’s Way, in Belper.

“This was following information that the internet at that address had been used to access indecent images of children.

“Seven devices were seized from the address, and one of the devices had indecent images on it. That device was a black tower and the images were spread across two hard drives.”

Officers found 30 still images of category A, the most serious category, and one video.

There were 50 still images and one video of category B, and 117 still images of category C. Mrs Hill said that the victims were as young as five.

“All the images recovered had been deleted previously, but they were found on the hard drive when officers used recovery software,” she said.

“He had also actively been searching for and viewing material of an indecent nature, searching for terms such as ‘pre-teen lolita’.”

Bacon pleaded guilty to possession of all three types of indecent images at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

He was committed to Derby Crown Court for sentencing.

Judge Shaun Smith handed Bacon a two-year community order, with 200 hours of unpaid work and 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He can also never work with children again and he must sign the sex offenders register.

Judge Smith said: “The number of images is not particularly high, especially in view of the time period.

“I do not consider that you are dangerous, but your case is aggravated by the age of the victims, because they are victims, and the attempts by you to dispose of the images.”

Bacon was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, under the terms of which his activity with devices that can connect to the internet will be closely monitored by police.