April 2021

Pensioner gets suspended sentence for ‘unspeakable abuse images’

A grandfather who downloaded ‘unspeakable’ child abuse images has been given a suspended jail sentence. 

Raymond Parsons was sent images and videos which included the serious abuse of a young baby by other internet users who he spoke to in chat rooms. 

He was traced to his home in Holsworthy by police through his IP address after it was discovered that others were sharing material with him. 

Parsons, aged 76, of Coles Mill Close, Holsworthy, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children and was jailed for eight months, suspended for 18 months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court. 

He was also ordered to do 12 days of rehabilitation activities, pay £400 costs and sign on the sex offenders’ register. 

Miss Holly Gilbery, prosecuting, said police discovered that images were being shared and raided Parsons’ home in November 2019, seizing a USB stick, a desktop and an iPad. 

Experts found 26 images or videos at category A, which showed children suffering serious abuse by adults, and 50 in the two lower categories. 

He told police he contacted other people through messaging apps and they had sent him the material. He said he knew it was illegal and morally wrong but it gave him a thrill.