February 2021

Stoke-on-Trent paedophile caught with images of babies being sexually abused

A paedophile has been jailed after being caught with thousands of images of children and babies being sexually abused.

Police seized mobile phones and laptops after carrying out a raid on Kiefer Dawson’s Trent Vale home.

They discovered 3,400 indecent photos of youngsters.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard many of the images were of very young children and even babies.

During his interview, Dawson admitted he was sexually interested in ‘girls aged four and up’.

Now the defendant has been jailed for 10 months

Prosecutor Daniel Oscroft said a search warrant was executed at the address in August 2019.

He added: “Numerous devices were recovered and analysed.

“Some of the images included babies and very young children. He said he started downloading images four years ago and used a browser to search the dark web and download indecent images.

“He started watching animated porn where the girls look younger. He said he was interested in girls aged four and up. He started downloading images and transferring them onto his phone.”

Police recovered:

  • 1,738 indecent images at category A – the most serious;

  • 635 at category B;

  • 1,067 at category C.

Dawson, of Wainwood Rise, Trent Vale, pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Dawson was handed a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order to protect the public.

Sentencing Dawson, Judge Paul Glenn said: “What you seem unable to comprehend is these are images of real children being abused, irreversibly damaged and people like you who access these sort of images encourage the perpetrators of this abuse.

“When you were interviewed you admitted having a problem and had been accessing the dark web to obtain material and you further admitted a sexual interest in young girls from the ages of four as well as attraction to adult females.

“You’re a lonely, isolated individual and not in work. The probation officer had concerns that you don’t seem to have any insight into your offending.

“There was a high volume of images and moving images, you actively sought out this sort of material and were going into chat rooms to obtain them.

“The age of the children included babies and very young children. These are very serious offences that require an immediate custodial sentence.”