September 2016

Kidderminster “family man” downloaded indecent images of children

A “FAMILY man” from Kidderminster who downloaded indecent images of children as young as eight has been given a two-year community order.

Jamie McFarlane, aged 28, of Stourbridge Road, was ordered to do 60 days of rehabilitation activity, including work to address his sexual offending, and to pay £400 costs.

He was also placed under a sexual harm prevention order, restricting his internet use, and put on the sex offending register for five years.

Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC told McFarlane, who admitted downloading indecent images of children between September 2014 and 2015, he had been “observing a crime scene, where young people were abused by older men”.

The judge, sitting at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday, August 31, said that McFarlane had given up looking at the pornographic material before police arrived with a warrant and found the images on his laptop in January.

He also had a very supportive partner who was of an “insightful and understanding nature” and was sticking with him, added the judge.

Charles Crinion, prosecuting, said police found 36 indecent movies and 36 thumbnail sketches on McFarlane’s computer.

Although only the titles and first frames of the movies remained in a computer folder, the names of the films indicated the kind of material they contained.

Kevin Saunders, defending, described McFarlane as a “family man” with a strong work ethic and said he had stopped offending by his own volition.