September 2016

Pervert caught with vile images at his home

A pervert who was arrested for downloading indecent images of children at his home told officers he had been viewing the vile material for ten years.

A court heard police seized computer equipment from the home of Ashley Williams on February 14 this year.

The equipment was analysed and found to contain more than 200 illegal images and movies.

Frances Pencheon, prosecuting, said 24 movies were at category A – the most serious level of offending.

Some of the images featured the sexual abuse of children as young as three years of age.

Miss Pencheon said Williams’s computers were also fitted with file sharing equipment.

Williams, 56, of Croft House Drive, Otley, was arrested and interviewed about the offending. He admitted to officers that he had been accessing the material twice a week for the past ten years for his own sexual gratification.

Williams also admitted to enjoying material featuring bestiality. He pleaded guilty to three offences of possession indecent images of children.

A probation officer’s report into Williams’s behaviour stated that it would be a “waste of resources” to impose a punishment which involved him taking part in a sex offenders programme as he had tackled his offending behaviour.

Kara Frith, mitigating, said: “This is an unusual situation.”

Williams was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also told to do 200 hours unpaid work.

He must go on the sex offenders register for five years. Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “It is clear that you understand the criminality of this kind of activity so that no further work needs to be done with you apparently. “But you had this material, and a good amount of it.”