May 2021

Paedophile had so many indecent images that police stopped counting

A paedophile had so many indecent images of children on his phones that police stopped counting.

The images – mainly of girls aged one to 15 – were only discovered after Stuart Roy Kearn, 47, failed to tell police about a new relationship he was having with a woman and that he stayed with her some nights.

A previous court order obliged him to do so, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

Officers swooped and found his two phones with the indecent images and movies on them.

Kearn, of Bath Road, Wrexham, was found guilty of possessing indecent images of children, and admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and also failing to comply with notification requirements.

A judge jailed him for a total of three years and four months.

The prosecution said Kearn and the woman began a relationship and he would stay with her every other evening.

He had been given an 18-month jail term and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) in June 2016 after he had admitted 13 offences of making images by downloading them from the internet, possessing them and distributing them.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard Kearn had only given his new partner a “sanitised” version of his crimes and had not told her about the SHPO.

When police arrived at his own home in 2019, they found a black Samsung smartphone – which they knew about – but also a white Samsung smartphone which they didn’t.

Police analysed the devices and found 1,279 indecent images and movies of children.

The prosecutor said they stopped counting after that but there were “many thousands more”.

Judge Nicola Jones said there had been a large number of different victims in the images, with some “in discernible pain”.

She told Kearn: “These are not victimless crimes. Children are abused, raped and tortured.”

She jailed Kearn for two years and six months for possessing indecent images in Category A, the most serious.

He also got 16 months and four months imprisonment for possessing indecent images of children in Category B and C, respectively. Both those terms are to run concurrently with the main sentence.

Kearn was jailed for a further ten months for failing to comply with notification requirements – to run consecutively – plus a concurrent, seven-month term behind bars for breaching the SHPO.

June 2016

Child sex abuse images man from Cefn-y-bedd jailed for 18 months

A pervert who admitted downloading and distributing terrible child sex abuse images told a judge he did it simply to try to catch paedophiles.

But Judge Rhys Rowlands rejected the claim as “patent nonsense” and said it was an explanation he had heard several times before.

It was a claim that was “doing the rounds” at the moment, he said, adding that the defendant had probably picked it up on the internet.

Stuart Roy Kearn, 42, of Mold Road, Cefnybedd, admitted 13 offences of making images by downloading them from the internet, possessing them and distributing them.

He had more than 2,700 images and 430 films and possessed extreme images involving sex between humans and animals and was jailed for 18 months, ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years, and was made subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

The judge said at the start of yesterday’s sentencing hearing at Mold Crown Court he was not prepared to sentence Kearn on the basis that he got no sexual gratification from it and the defendant was called to give evidence.

He told the court that at the time he had suicidal thoughts, feared there were paedophiles in his area, and when asked what he would have done if he found one he said “beat him to a pulp, I don’t know”.

In his depressed and suicidal state, he said he thought of “taking one with me” but agreed he had not called to police to inform them what he was doing.

He said that looking back now it made no sense and the judge agreed it did not.

Judge Rowlands said it was about the fourth time he had heard that version of events in the last month. “It is clearly doing the rounds,” he said.

Kearn had received such material, stored it no doubt to look at later, and had also distributed it to others. His explanation made “no sense at all,” he said.

Judge Rowlands said the defendant was no doubt sorry for the position he had put himself in and the consequences for him were serious.

But they paled into insignificance to the suffering and corruption inflicted on the young children who had been photographed and filmed. 

“This was quite depraved behaviour on your part,” the judge told him.

He said Kearn appeared to be in complete denial.

It had gone on for three years and the case was aggravated by the young age of the children and the appalling nature of some of the images.

Ffion Tomos, prosecuting, told how the children in the images and films were aged from two upwards.

Kearn was arrested when a warrant under The Protection of Children Act was executed at his home in March last year.

The images were found on a laptop, two USB drives and nine CDs; there was peer to peer file sharing software and email addresses had been set up to share and distribute images.

Interviewed, he claimed he was doing it to trap paedophiles online.