April 2016

Suspended prison sentence for Penzance man caught with child abuse images on his laptop

Children as young as five were featured in abuse images viewed by a 31-year-old unemployed Penzance man who told the police he was aroused by the pictures, Truro magistrates heard.

Before them was Derek Andrew George Bennetts, of Godolphin Road, who pleaded guilty to making 126 indecent movie images of children, and indecent photographs of children, between December 2014 and May 2015 at Penzance.

He also admitted that on February 15 last year he possessed extreme pornographic images.

He had no previous convictions.

Bennetts had indicated a lap top to officers, saying: “That’s the one you need,” and that child pornography would be found on it.

Ms May described to the magistrates the types of images which were found, some of which included erotic dancing and genital exposure.

Bennetts admitted he had accessed, searched and viewed indecent images of children between five and 18 years, and had a sexual interest in females between those ages. He admitted using adult pornography as well as that of children for the last two or three years, and had also viewed and sought extreme pornographic images.

Bennetts was given a one year prison sentence suspended for two years, made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and put on the Sexual Offenders’ Register for ten years. He also had to pay £185 costs and charges.

March 2016

Man pleads guilty to downloading indecent images of children

A 31-YEAR-OLD Long Rock man has said he feels racked with guilt for downloading indecent images of children.

At Truro Magistrates’ Court, Derek Bennetts, of Godolphin Road, pleaded guilty to making 126 indecent movie images of children between 2014 and 2015 at Penzance and guilty to possessing four extreme pornographic images in 2015.

Alison May, for the CPS, said there were ongoing intelligence gathering exercises in relation to images of children which were shared across the internet and this had led to officers searching Bennetts’ address in February last year, after which he was arrested.

He was compliant with officers and indicated his laptop which was seized for examination, she said.

The magistrates adjourned the case to March 29, asking for that report.