February 2020

Pensioner who tried to contact children online had animal and child abuse images

A pensioner who tried to contact children online was found with images of abuse and bestiality on his computer.

Basil Young’s devices were seized by police from his home in Buckfastleigh when he was arrested in October 2018 and experts recovered a small number of images showing children being sexually assaulted.

They also found a much larger collection of photographs which depicted adults having sex with animals including dogs and horses.

Young, aged 77, of Old Totnes Road, Buckfastleigh, admitted four counts of making or possessing indecent or prohibited images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

He had admitted attempting sexual communications with a child at a different hearing last year, at which he was sent on the Horizon sex offender programme by magistrates.

Judge David Evans impose a new two year community order at Exeter Crown Court under which Young will continue the 31 session Horizon programme and undertake 50 days of rehabilitation activities.

Mr Robert Yates, prosecuting, said Young was arrested at his home on October 11, 2018, and convicted of sexual communications with a child while his devices were still being analysed.

An examination showed he had six images of serious abuse of children by adults and five in lesser categories, as well as one prohibited image of a child. There were also a large number of extreme pornographic images.