December 2020

Plymouth pervert who shared sick images of kids walks free from court

A pervert who shared sick images of young children being sexually abused with another paedophile has walked free from court.

Twisted Kevin Gregory, aged 54, exchanged pictures and vile chat with two other men over WhatsApp and Skype.

A judge told him today at Plymouth Crown Court that his offences were “appalling.”

Judge James Townsend added: “You were found not only to be in possession of grossly indecent images but distributing them too.

“You engaged in conversation with a man who clearly had an interest in young males and you were in effect encouraging him in his deviant behaviour.”

But the judge, having read a probation report, said he could suspend his prison sentence for offences which dated back to 2016 and 2017.

He added: “While I am not convinced that you have really accepted what you have done, there appears to be some chance of your rehabilitation which could protect children in the future.

“I also bear in mind that the last of these offences were committed three years ago and there has been no reoffending on your part.”

Gregory, of Keyham Street, Weston Mill, pleaded guilty to distribution of two Category A images.

Category A is the most severe bracket showing children being abused by adults.

He also admitted distributing two images in Category C, the lowest bracket.

Tom Bradnock, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that police were investigating sex offences committed by another man in February 2016.

He added that he had two indecent images of young children being abused on his mobile phone – having been sent by Gregory over WhatsApp.

The barrister added that police searched the defendant’s home on January 18, 2018.

Mr Bradnock said officers discovered further images on his devices which had been exchanged with an unknown Skype user called Dave.

The court heard that Gregory claimed in his first police interview that he had no sexual interest in children.

Judge Townsend sentenced Gregory to two years in jail, suspended for two years with a sex offender treatment programme.

He must also complete probation’s Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and pay £100 victim surcharge.

Gregory must sign the Sex Offender Register for a decade and was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period.

It will allow police to monitor his internet use and limit his contact with children.

The judge ordered the destruction of his laptop