November 2016

Pervert who had sick video of young girl pretended he was a ‘paedophile hunter’

A MAN who claimed to be a “paedophile hunter” has been given a suspended prison sentence for downloading indecent images of children.

William Pearson, 21, was arrested on December 19 last year when police searched his Norton home and seized computer equipment.

He told police he had viewed images of child abuse because he wanted to root out paedophiles, York Crown Court heard.

But analysis of his computer showed he had watched a six-minute video featuring a young girl.

Pearson, of East Road, admitted he had watched the clip, which he had downloaded twice, for his own sexual gratification. He had pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of a child, and was sentenced last week.

He said that during Pearson’s first police interview – before his computer equipment had been analysed – the defendant claimed he was an anti-paedophile “campaigner” trying to unmask child abusers.

“He said he was trying to identify offenders and engage them in conversation (online), and in order to do so acquired some abusive material he could share with them,” added Mr Parsons.

There was no evidence to suggest Pearson had sent images to other paedophiles, but he did admit using a drop-box system to store indecent files.

“He admitted getting sexual gratification from the content of these images of children, which the Crown says gives the lie to his earlier account that he was doing this to track paedophiles,” said the barrister.

Pearson, who has no previous convictions, made full admissions in his second police interview after his computer equipment had been examined.

Pearson’s solicitor advocate David Camidge conceded that his young client had tried to con police by claiming he was a “paedophile hunter”.

He said Pearson was an “isolated” figure who had resigned from his job following his arrest and had put his life on hold during the court proceedings.