June 2016

Hull PhD student had 247 ‘utterly revolting’ videos of child abuse

A university graduate was caught with hundreds of “utterly revolting” videos of child abuse.

German national Kevin Rother, 29, had images and films on his computer when Humberside Police, acting on intelligence, raided his home on August 6 last year.

He was arrested and his computer was seized. Analysis showed it contained 247 movies and four images at Category A – the most serious – 43 videos at Category B, and 34 videos and two images at Category C.

An example of one of the Category A videos, which showed a girl aged four being abused, was described by prosecutor Dale Brook at Hull Crown Court. The details are too distressing to publish.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said: “I have seen, also, the summary in the pre-sentence report of the sort of material. I don’t think the public interest is well served by going into all these utterly revolting details involving young children.”

Rother, who is enrolled at the University of Hull as a PhD student, made “full admissions” in interview and pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Rother, of Clarendon Street, west Hull, had no previous convictions. He was an “intelligent man” who had already started to address his offending by working with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the court heard.

The judge said the public interest was best served by trying to reform him by sending him on the Northumbria sex offenders programme, which is run by the probation service.

But he told Rother: “It almost defies any form of understanding that, first, anybody would wish to indulge in that form of sexual perversion on a young child, and it almost defies understanding why someone like you would wish to view it. But it happens.

“It is a crime, it is a serious crime, and you must be punished. The public interest in this case is best served by placing you upon the Northumbria programme.

“But I wish to make it absolutely clear that had I not decided, in all the circumstances of this case, to send you on the Northumbria programme, I would unquestionably have imprisoned you.”

Rother was sentenced to a three-year community order, which includes 30 days of rehabilitation. He must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order, which prohibits him deleting the history of his internet use for three years.