September 2016

Pervert found with child sex abuse movies given suspended sentence

A man from Berkhamsted, found with child sex abuse movies, has been given a suspended sentence.

36-year-old Paul Wilson, who used to live on Ridgeway, had two USB sticks with 15 films on.

He told police he looked out of ‘curiosity’.

The judge gave him an 8 month suspended sentence, 200 hours unpaid work and a rehab programme.

Prosecutor Peter Shaw said when the police went to his home in Berkhamsted on 3 November last year his girlfriend answered the door.

Wilson, who was upstairs, initially denied accessing indecent images, but when his girlfriend was not there said he had searched for ‘teen porn.’

2 USB sticks were seized from a rucksack and when examined were found to contain 15 Category movies, the most serious level, 7 at Category B and 7 and Category C.

He told the police he had looked at the movies “out of morbid curiosity.”

Wilson, previously of Ridgeway, Berkhamsted, appeared for sentence having earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of making (downloading) indecent images of children. He had one previous conviction for a drink drive offence in 2001.

Mark Kelly, defending, said it was agreed that Wilson had only accessed the movies on one occasion. He said his partner was standing by him.

Mr Kelly said he had lost his job as a result of the stress caused by his arrest.

Judge Richard Foster told him:

“You now understand these are not victimless crimes. When people like you access child pornography you are creating a market.

“The children are real people doing sexual acts for the perverted satisfaction of people like you.”

He passed an 8 month jail sentence suspended for 12 months. Wilson must carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and complete 60 hours’ rehabilitation activity requirement.

The judge said the USB sticks must be forfeit and destroyed. He must abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and register as a Sex Offender for 10 years.