November 2016

Paedo downloaded child abuse images then blamed his wife and children

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A paedophile from Worcester who was found to have thousands of indecent pictures of children tried to blame his wife and children.

Judge Robert Juckes QC described the images on father-of-three James Devine’s computer as the ‘worst and most disturbing kind’

He was arrested when his wife, who has started divorce proceedings, complained to police and his computer was seized.

Jailing him for just under two years, Judge Juckes said: ‘Instead of accepting your responsibility, which would have avoided the finger of blame being pointed at others, you named your wife and three children as people who had access, the plain implication being they may have been responsible for the images.’

Devine, 51, admitted making indecent images of children at Winchester Crown Court a week before he was due to face trial.

Prosecutor Paul Cook said the images were all stored in ‘an inaccessible space’ within the computer that his family would not be able to find easily.

Devine, a former IT manager, was interviewed on July 10, 2015 where he stated he was not the only person who had access to the devices the police had seized.

As a result his family were interviewed by police as part of their investigation.

Mr Cook added: ‘He gave the name of his wife and the names of his children and thereafter declined to comment.’

Devine was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years, banned from contacting his wife and children and told to pay a £120 victim surcharge.