August 2021

Tuxford paedophile who downloaded more than 5,000 sexual images of children escapes prison sentence

A paedophile who downloaded more than 5,000 sexual images of children escaped a prison sentence at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Stephen Nestor, 50, had 5,598 images

He also admitted a second count of possession of one category B video of a child.

Magistrates said it was a prolonged offence of downloading child sexual images, involving multiple victims.

Nestor, of Birch Court, Tuxford, admitted possessing the images, which were accumulated between 2013 and 2020.

He was committed to prison for 26 weeks, suspended for two years.

As a part of the sentence, Nestor must take part in rehabilitation activities.

He was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that will last for seven years.

While in force, the order bans Nestor from using any device capable of accessing the internet unless it has the capacity to retain and display the history of use.

He must make such a device available for inspection by a police officer or police representative. He is prohibited from deleting internet history.

He is also banned from using the internet to contact or to attempt to contact any person known, or believed to be, under the age of 18 that is not a child of his own.

Nestor cannot possess any device capable of storing digital images unless he makes it available on request for inspection or installing any encryption or wiping software on any device other than that which is intrinsic to the operation of the device.

The court also ordered Nestor pay £165.