October 2016

Kidderminster sex offender downloaded photos and videos of children being raped

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Kidderminster sex offender who downloaded thousands of indecent photographs and videos of children, including some of children as young as four being raped, has been jailed.

Paul Brannan, 49, of Mill Street, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, October 20.

He admitted making 81 indecent photos and videos at class A – the most extreme – 53 at class B, and 3,075 at class C.

His honor Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “One was a 21 minute video of a child of about six years of age being raped.

“There were other images of children as young as four being raped by adult men.”

Brannan was sentenced to 16 months in prison (16 months for the category A images, 12 months concurrent for the category B images and six months concurrent for the category C images).

A sexual harm prevention order was made which prohibits him from using any device capable of making an internet connection unless it displays the history and is made available on request for inspection.

He must also inform police of any address where he resides and of any names he may be using and is barred from working with children.

Brannan came to the attention of police through the National Crime Agency which led to a search warrant being executed at his home on January 8, this year.

Police seized various items for examination including a black memory stick and a desktop computer.

Indecent images of children were found on the devices – including in the computer’s recycle bin, one including a girl of four being raped.

In total, they found 79,258 unique images and 534 moving images which have yet to be graded.

Brannan also had file sharing software which can be used to download and upload material – although there was no evidence he was uploading material.

Brannan had 47 convictions for 263 offences with his relevant offending beginning in 2006. He has received custodial sentences for previous cases of having indecent images and has a history of failing to comply with notification requirements