November 2016

Exeter factory worker had indecent images of children

A factory worker has been ordered to undergo sex offender treatment after he was found with 1,800 images of child abuse on his computer.

Adam Bojkowski developed a fascination with obscene Japanese cartoons called hentai, many of which showed dominant older women with very young children.

He was caught after he uploaded them onto his Google Plus account without realising they were illegal, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Police experts seized his computers and found a large number of images, some of which showed cartoons of children as young as four being abused.

Bojkowski, 39, of Park Street, Crediton, admitted possession of indecent images of children and was ordered to undertake sex offender treatment work with the probation service as part of a two year community order.

Recorder Adam Feest QC said: “These images show a whole range of sexual activity between adults and children across all categories of seriousness.

“You explained to the police that your interest was not in children but in the dominant women depicted. I regard that explanation with some scepticism, as do the probation service.

“It is rather curious there are 1,800 images depicting children when you say you have no interest in them. There is more work to be done in terms of you understanding your offending.”

James Taghdissian, prosecuting, said police raided Bojkowski’s former home in Exeter in December last year and found the cartoons along with thousands of adult images.

He told police he had not realised the cartoons were illegal and had uploaded them onto his Google Plus account alongside innocent personal pictures.

He said he downloaded many from a peer to peer service called e-mule because he had an interest in comics.

Some of the images had been saved into files with names including MILFs, which is an acronym for attractive older women, Manga and Hentai, which are both types of Japanese animation.

Lee Bremridge, defending, said Bojkowski has never been in trouble before and is a hard working man with a job at a factory in Sowton, Exeter.

He urged the judge to follow the suggestion of a probation report that rated Bojkowski as a low risk and suitable for one to one treatment work.

The judge imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will allow the police to monitor Bojkowski’s future use of the internet.

He also overturned an order made by magistrates that Bojkowski should not be identified because of his unusual name.