January 2021

Pervert spared jail after he was caught with indecent images of children

A 39-year-old father of three from Liverpool has been spared jail after he was caught with indecent images of children

Gareth Sumner appeared in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court today, having admitted downloading indecent images of children

Charles Lander, prosecuting, said police raided the family’s home in First Avenue, Fazakerley on December 13, 2017.

Sumner denied being responsible for any illegal internet use, before the ex security worker handed over a mobile phone.

The court heard it was “immediately apparent” the device contained indecent images of young girls and he was arrested.

However, when interviewed, Sumner suggested his Facebook account had been hacked and someone else was responsible.

A second phone was also recovered from his home and when the two devices were analysed, 64 indecent images were found.

Police experts discovered nine Category A – the most serious category – files, including one video, showing children being raped.

There were a further 11 Category B and 44 Category C images, along with one extreme porn image.

The images were downloaded over a near three-year period, between February 2015 and December 2017.

Mr Lander said there was evidence of internet searches using terms including “pre-teen”, “jail bait” and “candy doll”.

Sumner was interviewed again, but still denied responsibility, and was set to stand trial last year.

However, ahead of the trial he admitted three counts of downloading and one of possessing indecent images, plus one count of possessing extreme porn.

He has four previous convictions for four unrelated offences, between 1999 and 2007, all resulting in discharges or fines.

The judge handed him 14 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and a 40-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

Judge Woodhall told Sumner to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.