April 2021

Pervert, 39, saved indecent images of children and filed them under ‘best bits’

A pervert from Staffordshire who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children created a folder on his phone called the ‘best bits’.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Russell Ball would exchange emails with other people, who sent him much of the graphic content.

It included videos and photos that he saved under names like ‘chunky Russian girl’ and ‘eight-year-old blonde licking two *** *****’.

Acting on intelligence, police seized his mobile phone. But most of the images had already been deleted.

Now the 39-year-old has been made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order, as well as a community order that will last for two years.

Ball pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children and one offence of distributing indecent images.

Some were classed as the most serious category A, with more than 70 at category B and more than 150 at category C.

Antony Longworth, prosecuting, said the offending covered a nine-month period between 2018 and 2019

Although the defendant claimed he’d only had the phone for two months, some of the data had been transferred onto his new mobile from an old phone.

“The bulk were in the ‘best bits’ folder,” added Mr Longworth.

One of the videos featured a girl thought to be aged 10.

The court was told that Ball had also searched the internet using phrases such as ‘child sex dolls’.

Mr Longworth said: “The defendant, who was interviewed, denied any involvement with the indecent images. He said other people used his phone.”

But Ball, formerly of Barlaston and now of Hethersett Walk, Bentilee, went on to change his pleas to guilty on the day he was due to stand trial.

Judge David Fletcher described Ball’s attempts to deflect the blame as ‘absolutely stupid’.

He told him: “You’ve been a very foolish man. Clearly, you are now fully accepting of your responsibility and what happened.”

As part of the community order, Ball must complete a programme for sexual offenders and take part in 20 rehabilitation activity days. He will also have to comply with an electronically monitored curfew for four months, operating between 7pm and 5am.

And Ball has been ordered to pay £1,200 costs as well.