September 2016

Pervert caught with child sexual abuse images by shop repairing his computer

A paedophile was caught with indecent images of children as young as eight on his computer – after he took it to a shop to be repaired.

Anthony Roy Coveyduck, a former businessman in the mining industry who was previously caught with child sexual abuse images, took his laptop to be fixed and ended up before magistrates at Truro charged with permitting indecent photographs of a child to be taken and with possessing a prohibited image of a child, between 2013 and 2015.

He pleaded guilty to both offences.

Alison May, for the CPS, said the permitting offence against the 64-year-old Forth Noweth, Redruth, involved him receiving an image, with no suggestion that he had taken or distributed the photographs.

He had illegal images of children aged between 8 and 12 years.

When staff at the repair shop saw his laptop contained illegal content they contacted the police, who seized and examined the machine, revealing two indecent images of children and another of prohibited material.

Coveyduck told the police he did not remember the specific images, did not realise cartoon images were illegal, had not deliberately looked at children and must have downloaded them when they turned up on to his machine. He said he never had a specific interest in children.

He admitted he searched for and watched adult pornographic material on a weekly basis. He looked at the material because he was curious.

Coveyduck had a police caution in 2007 for possession of an indecent photograph of a child.

His solicitor Mark Charnley said he was a single, divorced benefits recipient who was not involved in any group or exchanged these images.

His business as a mining and drilling contractor for 30 years ended after a serious accident at work and due to the recession. He previously suffered from depression and lost his marriage.

Coveyduck was given a one-year community order with an internet sex offender treatment programme and was made subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years. He will also have to register as a sex offender.