June 2016

Pervert gets his computers back

A Loughborough man caught with child abuse images has won his battle to force police to give him his computers back.

Charles Pearson, 21, of Gracedieu Road, was caught with hundreds of images and videos of youngsters being forced to engage in sex acts.

It was found on two PCs when police raided his home in May 2014.

Pearson was handed a 16-month suspended jail term last November at Leicester Crown Court.

He admitted making indecent images of children and was also hit with an indefinite sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

Police also confiscated his two computers, London’s Appeal Court heard today.

Now, however, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing, Lord Justice Treacy and Judge Melbourne Inman QC have cut his sentence to six months suspended.

They also quashed the indefinite SHPO, reducing it to five years, and ordered the return of Pearson’s PCs, with their hard drives removed.

The court heard Pearson, who is “on the autistic spectrum”, told police he had started viewing indecent images online whilst a youngster himself 

He started looking for images of girls his own age at that time, but continued to do so even when he reached adulthood.

He expressed remorse, saying he felt “hate and disgust towards himself”.

He said he was “relieved” his behaviour “was now out in the open, so he could seek help.”

Mrs Justice Laing said that, in light of his own “vulnerability”, Pearson’s sentence should be cut and the length of the SHPO reduced.

The seizure of his computers also had to be “necessary and proportionate,” she added.

One of them had been brand new and was used by Pearson in his studies, the court heard.

“The removal of the hard drives from the computers is a straightforward matter,” she told the court.