December 2020

Paedophile who had more than 64,000 indecent images of children avoids prison

A vile paedophile who had more than 64,000 indecent images of children on his computer including child rape images and movies has avoided prison

The haul of still and moving images David Ballam possessed included scores of the most serious type.

The pervert admitted his guilt as soon as police entered his Bournemouth home.

Some of the content involved children no older than 10 years of age.

Officers had been contacted about suspicious online search activity relating to child sex abuse from the IP address associated with his home address.

Following an investigation, police visited the 52-year-old’s address in Belle Vue Road, where he lives with his elderly father, in December last year.

Prosecutor James Nash told Bournemouth Crown Court: “Police officers went to his home address. Mr Ballam’s father let them in.

“He (the defendant) presented his hands.

“He said: ‘I am guilty. I have been looking at pictures. They are there. They are very young. I have been looking for the last couple of months.’”

Police seized his computer and found a total of 64,116 still and moving images, with 178 Category A (the most serious), 122 Category B and 63,816 Category C.

Ballam was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £140 surcharge.

He was issued with a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years, required to follow an eight-week overnight curfew and told to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.