July 2016

Indecent images found on military man’s computer

A MAN who downloaded indecent images of children and bestiality acts has been warned he could still face being sent before a judge to be sentenced.

Former military man Anthony Pearce of Saltash Road came before magistrates sitting in Swindon on Wednesday morning where he pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornographic images of people performing sex acts on animals.

The 56-year-old admitted downloading seven indecent images of category C rating between November 23, 2013 and July 17, 2014, 12 images of category B between the same dates and 14 of category A during the same time.

He was also found to have 25 extreme pornographic images involving animals.

His defence, Ben Worthington, told the magistrates that the images had been found in Pearce’s temporary internet history folder. He explained that he had been in the army for 22 years and was still serving full time in the Territorial Army as a reservist.

“He recognises that what he has done is wrong,” said Mr Worthngton. “He has referred himself to the Lucy Faithful Foundation – he has gone and sought out that assistance himself and has had to pay for it himself.”

The magistrates ordered a presentence report be prepared on him and adjourned matters until July 29 for Pearce to meet with the Probation Service.

Chairman of the bench Jonathan Chappell told him: “On receipt of that report the sentencing bench will have all options open to them including sending this to the crown court if it is felt that the powers of the magistrates’ court are insufficient for this series of offences to which you stand convicted.

“You may still be committed to the crown court where the judge may impose a greater sentence than we can.”

In the meantime Pearce was released on conditional bail not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18 in a place of privacy.