September 2020

South Yorkshire man downloaded sick child abuse images and bestiality

A South Yorkshire man who was found with sick child abuse images and bestiality images on his mobile phone told officers they were downloaded accidentally, Sheffield Crown Court has heard.

Kyle Boyden claimed he “hadn’t a clue about any indecent pictures,” when police seized two mobiles from his home in Barnsley, on April 4, 2018.

“He said he had never searched for any indecent images,” prosecutor Andrew Bailey told the court, on Wednesday.

But analysis of the phones revealed two Category C images of boys, aged between seven and nine, five extreme images, which included scenes of bestiality with a dog, and 142 prohibited images, which included a a movie of a boy, aged between four and six, engaged in a sex act.

The images were downloaded between June 8, 2017, and April 1, 2018.

The phones also showed he had been engaged in online chat on the Telegram forum, with other users who expressed a preference for “boys just over the age of ten.”

Boyden claimed the images were downloaded onto his phone without his knowledge while he was in the forum, where he said he participated in “role play sexual chat.”

Boyden, 26, of Richard Street, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs, and possessing extreme and prohibited images.

Judge Michael Slater said he didn’t accept his explanation for the images being on his phone.

“The route you suggest seems highly unlikely,” he told Boyden. “But you have kept out of trouble since 2018.”

He imposed a two-year community order, which includes attendance on the Horizon project for sex offenders, and up to 30 rehabilitation days.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also made for five years.