Child sex abuse images man from Cefn-y-bedd jailed for 18 months
A MAN who admitted downloading and distributing terrible child sex abuse images told a judge he did it simply to try to catch paedophiles.
But Judge Rhys Rowlands rejected the claim as “patent nonsense” and said it was an explanation he had heard several times before.
It was a claim that was “doing the rounds” at the moment, he said, adding that the defendant had probably picked it up on the internet.
Stuart Roy Kearn, 42, of Mold Road, Cefnybedd, admitted 13 offences of making images by downloading them from the internet, possessing them and distributing them.
He had more than 2,700 images and 430 films and possessed extreme images involving sex between humans and animals and was jailed for 18 months, ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years, and was made subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.
The judge said at the start of yesterday’s sentencing hearing at Mold Crown Court he was not prepared to sentence Kearn on the basis that he got no sexual gratification from it and the defendant was called to give evidence.
He told the court that at the time he had suicidal thoughts, feared there were paedophiles in his area, and when asked what he would have done if he found one he said “beat him to a pulp, I don’t know”.
In his depressed and suicidal state, he said he thought of “taking one with me” but agreed he had not called to police to inform them what he was doing.
He said that looking back now it made no sense and the judge agreed it did not.
Judge Rowlands said it was about the fourth time he had heard that version of events in the last month. “It is clearly doing the rounds,” he said.
Kearn had received such material, stored it no doubt to look at later, and had also distributed it to others. His explanation made “no sense at all,” he said.
Judge Rowlands said the defendant was no doubt sorry for the position he had put himself in and the consequences for him were serious.
But they paled into insignificance to the suffering and corruption inflicted on the young children who had been photographed and filmed.
“This was quite depraved behaviour on your part,” the judge told him.
He said Kearn appeared to be in complete denial.
It had gone on for three years and the case was aggravated by the young age of the children and the appalling nature of some of the images.
Ffion Tomos, prosecuting, told how the children in the images and films were aged from two upwards.
Kearn was arrested when a warrant under The Protection of Children Act was executed at his home in March last year.
The images were found on a laptop, two USB drives and nine CDs; there was peer to peer file sharing software and email addresses had been set up to share and distribute images.
Interviewed, he claimed he was doing it to trap paedophiles online.
Philip Clemo, defending, said it was an extremely sad case of a man who suffered social isolation and trauma after the breakdown of his marriage.
He knew that custody was quite inevitable, particularly after his explanation had been rejected by the court.
Kearn was a man who had no relevant previous convictions and would find custody extremely hard. “It will be devastating for him,” he said.