June 2013

Man sentenced for possessing indecent images

A MAN, who pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing images of child sex abuse, has escaped a jail term.

James Rimmer, 27-years-old of Eastford Road was found with 416 indecent images on his laptop and mobile phone and was given an eight month suspended sentence for two years at Warrington Crown Court on Monday.

Judge Nicholas Woodward told James Rimmer, he believed the protection of the public would be best served by his rehabilitation and he was ordered to attend a sex offender’s programme.

Judge Woodward said: “These are serious charges but I have to ask myself which is best. Sending you to prison immediately or allowing you to complete the sex offender’s programme.

“I believe it is in the public interest that you should be treated effectively on the programme. This is also in your personal interest.”

The court heard how Rimmer, who pleaded guilty to 20 counts of possessing indecent photographs and two counts of distributing them, was arrested in February 2012 after he sent two indecent images to a man he had met on a homosexual and bisexual site.

The recipient immediately contacted the police after receiving the two images of child abuse of someone believed to be between the age of 10 and 12.

More than a third of images found in Rimmer’s possession were categorised as level four images, just one step down from the most serious category.

Rimmer, who has no previous conviction, was warned that any breach would result in an immediate period of custody.