July 2016

Newlyn pensioner admits interest in children after being caught with 400 indecent images

A NEWLYN pensioner in his sixties, who caught by police with more than 400 indecent pictures of children accepted that he had an unhealthy interest in the children.

But Truro Magistrates’ Court heard he was relieved that he had been found out so that he could begin rehabilitation.

David John Lavers, 65, of Navy Inn Court, pleaded guilty to six offences of making indecent photographs of a child at Penzance between January and July last year and one of possessing indecent photographs between June 2012 and July last year.

Alison May for the CPS said the prosecution was the result of work by an ongoing monitoring investigation of this type of behaviour. Police had seized defendant’s laptop, USB stick and mobile phone, and had found 23 indecent images of children, described as Category A, 13 of Category B and 404 of Category C.

Lavers told officers he had visited various chat sites.

He was not interested in child sexual abuse images, but accepted he had been chatting on the sites about children in a sexual way but that it was fantasy on his part.

On some occasions he had used a false profile

Barry Hilliard, for the defence, said his client had drifted into this world and then found it difficult to get out.Mr Hilliard said Lavers accepted that in some respects he had a problem.”

He has an unhealthy interest in children, is effectively dysfunctional because of his current restricted life,” he said.

“It was with some relief that he has been caught because he can begin the process of being rehabilitated.”Lavers was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 24 months, and told to pay £185 costs and charges.

The magistrates also made a sexual harm prevention order against him, for seven years.