September 2016

Paedophile had stash of kid’s trainers, used underwear and sex toy


A paedophile caught with child abuse images had a “concerning” stash of children’s trainers, used underwear and a sex toy.

Police recovered nine computer devices when they raided Jamie Prescott’s home in Ackers Hall Avenue, Knotty Ash, on December 4 last year.

They contained 489 indecent pictures and videos of young boys and girls, featuring some children estimated to be as young as three.

Kim Egerton, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court : “Other items seized included a sex toy, used underwear and children’s trainers.”

The 26-year-old admitted downloading adult pornography “for years” and said he used peer-to-peer networks to look for pictures of teenagers, expecting them to be aged 16 or above.

Ms Egerton said: “He said he might download 100 files overnight and discover there was child pornography disguised as something else – downloaded by accident.

“He said he had no sexual interest in children.”

The files included 112 Category A – the most serious category – plus 265 Category B and 112 Category C pictures and movies.

Ms Egerton said many had filenames “clearly indicative of child pornography”.

She said: “The suggestion of accidental downloading of them cannot be right.”

Prescott admitted three counts of downloading and one count of possessing indecent images of children, plus possession of six further prohibited images.

Leanne Kennedy, defending, said Prescott, who has no previous convictions, “feels completely ashamed and embarrassed”.

She said: “His parents are on the court landing. They are ashamed and embarrassed.

“His parents do not want to come into court because they don’t want to see him in the dock and are extremely upset.”

Ms Kennedy said Prescott first looked at the images out of “curiosity” but became “extremely obsessed”.

She urged the judge to impose a suspended sentence, but added: “He said if he is sent to immediate custody, it is only what he deserves.”

Judge Robert Warnock said Prescott used his “expertise in IT” to build up his sickening collection.

He said: “You are an exceptionally intelligent young man but for the last 10 years you have been following and downloading these foul images of children who are abused.

“I don’t know if your intelligence led you to understand by doing that you are promoting child abuse.”

Judge Warnock said he was concerned by the other items found in Prescott’s home, although no charges followed from these seizures.

He said: “They indicate at the very least a wholly unhealthy, and potentially, if not dangerous, [attitude].

“Certainly it is a matter that concerns the court in terms of the welfare of children around you.”

Judge Warnock handed Prescott 15 months in prison, suspended for two years.

He told him to attend an internet sex offenders programme, to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.