June 2021

Shamed Derbyshire paedophile seeks help from sex therapist

A Derbyshire paedophile who had more than 35,000 vile child abuse images on a USB stick went to his GP and a sex therapist after being arrested.

Police made the shocking discovery when they received what the prosecution called “a tip-off from a reliable source” as to what Adam Hurst had been doing and raided his home.

Derby Crown Court heard how the 26-year-old saw viewing the sick photographs and videos as “just ordinary adult pornography” and that he also shared two of the pictures with a fellow like-minded warped pervert.

Jailing him for a year, suspended for two years, Recorder Balraj Bhattia QC said: “I hope you genuinely understand your actions have directly contributed to the victimisation and sexual abuse of young children?

“People like you allow this awful trade to continue.

“These are young children who have been exploited and traumatised for (other people’s) sexual gratification.

“These images tell a story and you have described (in reports prepared for the court) how you treated it as ‘just ordinary adult pornography’.

“It is not, but rarely have I read reports on someone who has shown such a real determination to address their offending.

“Every time you do unpaid work I want you to think about why you are there because you spent more than 200 hours viewing these images.”

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said the offending took place between 2015 and March 2020 when Derbyshire police executed a warrant at Hurst’s address.

He said devices were seized and on a USB stick were 244 category A images which typically show young children engaged in sex acts with adults.

Mr Janes said there were 256 category B and more than 35,000 category C images.

He said also found were 72 prohibited items and two extreme pornographic images.

Mr Janes said: “There was also evidence he had distributed two category C images over Skype to another user back in 2018.”

Hurst, of Emmet Carr Lane, Renishaw, north Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of indecent images and one count of distribution.

He also admitted possession of prohibited and extreme pornographic images.

As part of the suspended sentence Recorder Bhattia ordered the defendant to attend 45 rehabilitation days and a 43-day programme.

He also ordered Hurst to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and handed him a sexual harm prevention order.