April 2015

Skelmersdale pervert caught with 22,000 sick child abuse images

Colin Crawford

A pervert caught with a sick stash of child sex abuse images and extreme animal porn was jailed for 16 months.

Colin Crawford, 47, downloaded more than 22,000 indecent pictures and videos of children.

Crawford, of Eskdale, Skelmersdale, also had five “extreme pornographic” videos of animals being abused.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that police raided his home on June 23 last year and seized his computer and a hard drive.

Crawford told officers he had used a file sharing website “while bored or drunk”.

Geoffrey Lowe, prosecuting, said more than 500 indecent pictures of children recovered by police were in Category A – the most serious category.

There were more than 1,000 Category B images and the rest – over 20,000 – were in the least serious category, Category C.

Crawford had more than 550 video files, some 250 or so which were in Category A, more than 150 in Category B and more than 150 in Category C.

He also possessed five animal porn videos and 32 banned cartoon images of children being abused.

When interviewed by police, Crawford claimed he did not get any sexual gratification from the images or videos.

He said he had downloaded them for four years but had not distributed any images.

Crawford pleaded guilty to 15 counts of possession of indecent images and videos.

He had one previous conviction for an unrelated alcohol offence.

Sarah Phelan, defending, said: “Mr Crawford has a significant problem with alcohol, something that has blighted his life for many years. This is something that he feels has on occasion acted as a disinhibitor.

“As a man who lives alone, he is fearful of the general public’s reaction to his guilty pleas.

“He is fearful that he will no longer be safe in his own home.”

She urged the court to hand Crawford a community punishment and allow him to attend a sex offenders programme.

But Judge Andrew Hatton said Crawford had denied gaining any sexual gratification from his crimes, meaning that he was either lying and in denial, or the course would not benefit him.

He said: “I think it is a manifest lie and he is a pervert who likes to look at children.”

He jailed Crawford, gave him a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for a decade.

Judge Hatton said: “These images show extremely young children engaged in the most depraved form of sexual activity with adult males.

“Significant numbers of very young children have suffered abuse at the hands of perverts in order to provide stimulation for perverts and the likes of you sitting at computers.

“It is difficult to imagine the psychological and emotional trauma suffered by these children.”

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