July 2017

Pervert found with hundreds of indecent images of children said he was trying to download music


DEPRAVED David Stevens downloaded indecent images of children for his own sexual gratification.

The 26-year-old was arrested after police raided his Silverdale home and seized three laptops and a computer.

They were analysed and were found to contain hundreds of indecent images of children including 46 still images and 15 movies at category A – the most serious.

Now Stevens has been handed a three-year community order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Prosecutor John Brotherton told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that police officers raided Stevens’ home on May 7, 2014. Mr Brotherton said: “Police searched the premises and seized some computer equipment. “All the computers were examined.”

In total, police found 46 still images at category A; 22 at category B and 297 at category C. They found 15 movies at category A and four movies at category C.

The court heard Stevens had used search terms designed to find pornographic images of children.

He told police he had accidentally downloaded indecent images or movies of children when trying to download music.

He said he started to search for pre-teen images ‘out of curiosity’.

Stevens, of Kinsey Street, Silverdale, pleaded guilty to five offences of making indecent images of children.