April 2021

St Stephen paedophile not jailed despite ‘lifelong sexual interest in young boys’

A paedophile has avoided a prison sentence despite a judge conceding that he’ll have a lifelong attraction to young boys.

Samuel Brown, 55, was once jailed for a contact offence against a young boy but his most recent offending related to possession of hundreds of sick images of children.

Brown, of St Stephen near St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court, for sentence having pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent images of children.

Opening the case, Michael Brown described how on September 10, 2019, police searched Brown’s address and seized a number of devices.

On the devices investigating officers found 60 Category A images, 330 Category B and 377 Category C, a haul which included videos.

A quantity of the images were inaccessible and there was also evidence of systematic searching of terms relating to child abuse image. Although the bulk of the images featured boys aged 10-14, there was also material depicting the abuse of babies and infants

Brown remained silent during his first two police interviews but in a third submitted a prepared statement in which he admitted having an attraction to boys aged between 11 and 14.

Sentencing Brown, Judge Simon Carr said: “The images were found during a search in February 2019 and I note this has taken over two years to come to court

“Searches revealed a number of indecent images in all three categories, some involving some children aged under 12 months. Your preference is for boys aged 11-14 but you also downloaded images of children much younger. I accept you have a lifetime sexual interest in children and previously courses have clearly not assisted with that.”

Judge Carr went on to say that Brown’s offending didn’t meet the dangerousness provisions for an extended sentence, so the question for him was whether society was best protected with a short prison sentence or a further attempt at treatment to manage Brown’s perversions.

Judge Carr said Brown’s acceptance of his offending made treatment more viable, before handing him a two year prison sentence, suspended for two years. Brown must complete the Horizons sex offenders’ programme.