Blurton pervert caught with indecent images of children and bestiality videos
Perverted former optician Stephen Kimberley has been jailed after he downloaded more than 1,800 indecent images of children.
The married 58-year-old – who was handed a three-year community sentence in 2010 after committing a similar offence – also had 20 videos of women having sex with dogs when police raided his home.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the defendant came to the attention of police when officers monitored the content of online chat rooms.
Prosecutor Guy Mathieson said: “His discussions involved talking about sexual offences against two young female children. He also indicated he was in possession of indecent images, which he was prepared to share with like-minded individuals.”
Police went to the defendant’s home at 7.35pm on June 15 and seized electrical equipment.
The computers were analysed and contained 299 indecent images at category A – the most serious. There were also 334 at category B and 1,188 at category C. And there were 20 videos of adult women having intercourse with dogs.
The court was told the children were pre-pubescent.
Kimberley, of Keble Way, Blurton, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and one offence of possessing extreme pornographic images.
His previous convictions include a three-year community order in September 2010 for making indecent images of children.
Anis Ali, mitigating, said the defendant has referred himself to the Lucy Faithfull Foundation to try and address his problem.
Judge Timothy Smith said a custodial sentence had to follow and jailed Kimberley for 20 months.
He added: “It is all too easy for somebody to sit on their computer at home and believe the images they are viewing are not real and what they are seeing is not happening. But what was happening was real abuse to real children, real rape of very young children. And those who look at such images perpetuate what is the vilest of all industries.
“You are still demonstrating to the probation service a complete lack of understanding, insight and empathy. It did not cross your mind what it was you were viewing.”
The defendant was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Pervert optician avoids jail despite downloading child sexual abuse images
A PERVERTED optician who downloaded child porn has avoided a jail sentence.
Stephen Kimberley, aged 52, worked as an optician for a high street chain when police executed a search warrant at his home in Keble Way, Blurton, at 9.10am on May 24 last year.
His computer was seized and examined by Staffordshire Police’s hi-tech crime unit.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court was told yesterday that four indecent movies of children were found which were accessible without any specialist software.
Prosecutor David Bennett said the movies were level four on the scale, with level five being the most serious.
“They lasted for between 10 and 20 minutes and one child as young as seven was having sex with an adult male,” said Mr Bennett.
In his police interview Kimberley, a married father, said he regularly visited two adult porn sites and received “pop ups” containing images of children.
He said he had no interest in child porn and denied seeking out such material.
The court was told experts confirmed there was evidence of “pop ups” on the computer.
Kimberley pleaded guilty to one charge of making indecent images of a child between August 5, 2007 and May 24, 2009.
Richard Dewsbery, mitigating, said Kimberley accepted downloading the images while looking for other material.
But he said the defendant did not view the images repeatedly, there was very small number of images compared to the thousands of items of adult porn Kimberley had viewed, and he did not distribute the images to anyone else.
Mr Dewsbery said: “He is still in a sort of denial. He is obviously struggling to come to terms with this matter but he recognises the very real impact this has on those depicted on the material.”
He added the conviction has cost Kimberley his job.
“He has been without employment since February and won’t be going back to the job he used to hold.”
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Kimberley to a three year community order with three years’ supervision and a requirement to attend a sex offenders’ group work programme for internet users.
He must also pay £500 prosecution costs and will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
Judge Glenn told the defendant: “I have seen stills from the videos, they are disgusting.
“They depict male and female children being abused. These were real children being abused. The actions of people like you who search and access that material encourage those who abuse the children.
“You are trying to minimise responsibility, you are trying to put the best gloss on events as you can.
“You are preoccupied with sex and you have some form of sexual attraction to young children. But there is no suggestion you sought to embark on any contact offending.”