August 2020

Paedophile’s wife told police he confessed to her

A paedophile was convicted of downloading indecent images of children after his wife told police he had confessed to her.

Married dad Allan Boardman’s computer was seized when police searched his family’s home in Rainhill.

But before the hard drive was analysed, his wife told officers that they had separated.

She revealed her 67-year-old husband had confessed to her that he had been looking at child sexual abuse photos.

Boardman later claimed he only did it because he knew someone who had been molested and wanted to understand why.

A judge said he was in denial, but spared the pervert jail after hearing he was in poor health and would be “vulnerable” in prison.

Police received intelligence there may be indecent images available for sharing online at the family’s house in Amanda Road, Rainhill.

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said officers went to the address on April 11 last year, when Boardman was present with his stepson.

Police explained why they were there and asked the pair if they had any knowledge of the material, to which they both said no.

However, when asked whether they had ever seen such images when using peer to peer software, Boardman replied: “Yes, I have.”

His wife spoke to the police on June 13 and when the computer was analysed, officers found evidence of 24 indecent images.

Mr Blasbery said there were six Category A files – the most serious category depicting rape – of girls aged eight to 13.

There were six Category B images, showing girls aged seven to 10, and 12 Category C images, of girls aged two to six.

A further 65 extreme porn files were detected, along with evidence of search terms he used, including “pre-teen” and “incest”.

When interviewed on December 12, the pervert confirmed he was no longer living at the house because of his behaviour.

He then suggested he looked at the files to gain “insight” into what motivated a sexual abuser to molest someone he knew.

Mr Blasbery said: “He denied that he was sexually aroused or attracted by children and said he was disgusted.”

When questioned about downloading images, Boardman “stated he was curious and felt it was humorous”.

Mr Blasbery said: “He confirmed he had not been aware it was illegal to do so.”

The OAP concluded by saying he didn’t “feel anything” when viewing the files and denied that he was a risk to children.

Boardman, now of Lyon Close, St Helens, admitted three counts of making and one count of possessing indecent images of children, plus possessing extreme pornographic material, before magistrates.

Judge Byrne handed Boardman 12 months in jail, suspended for two years, with a 40-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He told him to serve a three-month home curfew, from 6pm to 6am daily, and ordered the forfeiture and destruction of his computer.

Boardman must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.