August 2021

Gosforth dad hoarded vile child abuse videos over eight-year period

A paedophile dad has avoided jail after hoarding vile child abuse videos over an eight-year period.

Robert Dacey was found to have a sickening stash of more than 350 movies involving kids as young as five when police seized his iPhone and a hard drive.

The 42-year-old’s disturbing collection, along with 63 extreme porn videos and images, were discovered when officers executed a search warrant at his then Gosforth home.

Newcastle Crown Court was told that on Dacey’s two electronic devices, 154 category A movies, which involved underage girls engaging in sexual intercourse with adult males, were uncovered.

There were also 134 category B and 70 category C videos and photos.

Dad-of-two Dacey, who now lives on Whitton Place, in High Heaton, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme porn, the latter involving a woman and a dog.

But the pervert avoided an immediate stint behind bars after Judge Edward Bindloss deemed he could likely be rehabilitated.

Giving him a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Bindloss added: “This was a watershed moment in the defendant’s life.

“Up until these offences, he struggled with his mental health and didn’t have an autism spectrum diagnosis but, since his arrest, he’s clearly actively sought out to change and he’s motivated to change.

“This clearly crosses the custody threshold but, given the steps the defendant has taken, it’s capable of being suspended.”

The court heard that police executed a search warrant at Dacey’s home on February 27 last year and seized an iPhone and a hard drive.

The videos and images were discovered after the devices were forensically analysed.

Omar Ahmad, prosecuting, said: “The age range was between five and 14-years-old, although the majority were between seven and 10.

“The category A images included depictions and movies of underage girls engaging in sexual intercourse with adult males.”

The court heard that Dacey, who has no previous convictions, had sought help since his arrest.

Fiona Lamb, defending, added: “The defendant has changed his life forever.”

Dacey was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the same period.