September 2016

Pervert had more than 155,000 indecent images of children on computer

A JUDGE said it was a bizarre feature in the case of a Wrexham man, who had admitted downloading indecent images of child sex abuse, that he had studied addictive behaviour at college.

Yet Anthony Mark Duda was practising it himself when he should have had a greater insight “into all of this” than most, explained Judge Geraint Walters.

He agreed to send him on an internet sexual offender’s course to tackle his addiction and so that he could “tackle his demons”.

Duda, a mental health support worker, was found to have more than 155,000 indecent images of children.

But only a much smaller number was accessible when police arrested him and he had pleaded guilty on the basis of the reduced number, Mold Crown Court was told.

Duda, 42, of Balmoral Road, Wrexham, previously pleaded guilty to eight charges of making and possessing indecent images and films of children between 2013 and 2015.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for five years and a 10 year sexual harm prevention order was made.

He was placed on a three year community order so the internet programme could be completed.

Judge Geraint Walters warned that he could have been sent to prison for eight months or more.

But if he did that his addiction to downloading indecent images would remain exactly that, an addiction, untreated.

There was a high quantity of the most vile images available, the judge said.

The defendant himself was a complex individual and the judge said that it may be that he did not completely know who or what he was.

“It is an understatement to say that there are major issues in your personality that need to be sorted out,” he said.

David Maintone, prosecuting, said police executed a warrant at the home he shared with his mother in July last year and two category A images, 72 category B and 503 category C were found, together with 23 category A movies, 10 at category B and 33 at category C.

He denied being responsible and said he had bought the computer at a car boot sale.

In total there were 150,000 images, but most had been deleted and would need specialist software to access them.

Inquiries showed that most of them had been downloaded when he lived with his former partner at a time his work time records showed he was not at work.

A man of good character, he continued to deny being responsible in a second interview, but had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Myles Wilson, defending, said his client knew that under the guidelines he could be sent to prison.

But the probation service felt that they could work with him which would reduce the risk of re-offending.

There was no question of distribution. He had made changes to his life and had not replaced the computer equipment seized .

“He obviously had become rather obsessed with downloading images. He has now re-discovered his love for music and is making a fresh start,” said Mr Wilson.

The defendant had been a builder who had to give it up because of back problems.

He was now a support worker for people with Alzheimer’s disease and mental health problems.

Duda also gave of his time freely to support people with dementia.