September 2016

Company director who downloaded child abuse images avoids jail


A Kenilworth company director who admitted downloading indecent images of children as young as five has avoided a jail sentence.

But Stephen Nevey, 57, of Clinton Lane, could not be sentenced for the more extreme images in his possession as he was only charged for images found on one computer.

He appeared at Warwick Crown Court to be sentenced after pleading guilty to two charges of making indecent images of children.

Nevey was given a community order for 12 months, with a rehabilitation activity for 20 days, and was ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

Prosecutor Peter Cooper said that in August last year the police went to Nevey’s home with a search warrant.

His laptop and Apple MacBook was seized, and when he was interviewed Nevey admitted he had been downloading indecent images of children.

The laptop was found to be broken and no information could be obtained from it, but from the MacBook the images which were the subject of the charges were recovered.

There were three category A images, which are more extreme, and 44 lesser category C images of children.

Mr Cooper said that a hard drive showed Nevey had used search terms indicating he had specifically searched for more graphic images.

Nevey claimed he got no sexual satisfaction from them. He said there had been about two dozen such images, including ones of children as young as five.

But Judge Sylvia de Bertodano commented: “I can only sentence him for what he’s charged with.” Mr Cooper said that because the case had been a committal for sentence from the magistrates’ court, there was no step he could take to add a further charge in the crown court to reflect Nevey’s admissions in relation to the laptop.

He added that Nevey, who was of previous good character, had in the past been involved in making presentations to children as part of his business, which he would now be prohibited from doing.

William Douglas-Jones, defending, said Nevey, described as a ‘motivational speaker,’ and his wife are directors of their own company, and the conviction and ban from working with children will have ‘a huge impact’ on the business.