October 2016

Pervert had indecent images of girls as young as five

A pervert who was caught with indecent images of children as young as FIVE engaged in sexual activity with adults has been spared a prison term.

Andrew Baigent’s computer contained moving pictures and photographs a judge said “would have put young children in considerable pain and distress”.

More than 100 of the films and photographs were in the most serious category A and further analysis found another 132 extreme pornographic images that contained adults and animals engaging in sexual activity.

Analysis of his computer and a disc drive discovered a total of 863 indecent or extreme pornographic images.

And when police knocked on the 30-year-old’s door and asked him why he thought they might be there he answered “I might as well fess up”.

Handing him a three-year community order, which involves him spending time being rehabilitated, Recorder Nicholas Syfret QC said: “Behind every image there is a real human being and what has been described to the court must have involved very young children in extreme distress.

“Only somebody that is completely desensitised to human suffering will not appreciate that.

“There are young children, very young and that’s an aggravating feature.

“Any child having what has been described to the court done to them is going to suffer considerable pain and distress.”

Gregor Purcell, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court said police were alerted to online activity that Baigent’s IP (internet protocol) address had downloaded indecent images of children and they carried out a warrant at his home.

Mr Purcell said: “When he was asked the reason for why they had come to be at his address he said ‘I might as well ‘fess up’.

“A number of devices were seized and analysed and across a computer and disc drive there were a total of 126 (of the most serious) category A moving pictures and images, 87 category B, 518 category C and 132 extreme pornographic images involving sexual activity with animals, although those did not involve children.

Mr Purcell said Baigent was arrested and in interview admitted he had been looking at indecent images of children for around a year since the breakdown of a relationship.

He pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images and extreme pornographic images between April 2014 and April 2015.

David Watts, for Baigent, said his client, of Spring Close, Renishaw, has worked for a high street electrical retailer for around 10 years and his job did not involve him coming into direct contact with children.

He said: “He made full and frank admissions, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and there is genuine remorse.

“These offences are now 18 months old and he has had the worry of custody hanging over him for that time.”

As part of his community order, Baigent will have to take part in group sex offenders’ rehabilitation work.

Recorder Syfret QC also handed him a sexual harm prevention order, ordered him to pay £1,200 costs and he ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register.