April 2016

Pervert jailed for downloading child abuse images from online “swap shop”

A Southport man who downloaded almost 2,000 child abuse images and distributed some to other perverts was jailed for 20 months today.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that police raided Adam Butler’s home after police investigated a website being used as “a swap shop” for deviant images.

His email address was one of those that came to light during the investigation so officers went to his home and seized his computer equipment, said Peter Hussey, prosecuting.

When the three laptops and a hard drive were forensically examined experts found 1885 indecent images of children, mainly in the least serious category but with 250 in the most serious.

It was also found that 102 images had been distributed to others via Yahoo Messenger, including 25 of the most serious type. 

When first interviewed after the raid on June 18, 2014 he made no comment and when re-interviewed after the forensic analysis he denied looking at child porn and said someone must have hacked his computer.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Butler’s wife was also initially interviewed as a potential suspect but was not charged after investigations eventually showed her work patterns as a nurse meant she could not have been involved with the images.

Meanwhile however she was suspended for her job and is still under that suspension.

Butler, 32, of Harwood Road, was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made for the same period of time.

He had pleaded guilty to seven offences involving downloading, possessing and distributing indecent images.