November 2016

Man sentenced for looking at child sex abuse images

A Watford man was told by a judge today that he had showed “disgraceful, perverted curiosity” when he looked at child sex abuse images on the Internet.

Police stopped Pawal Zdunek, 28, as he left his home in Muriel Avenue in October last year.

Prosecutor Laura Blackband told St Albans Crown Court that he said he should speak to a lawyer and showed them his room.

Officers seized a computer tower and two hard drives.

When they were analysed, 161 images at Category C, the lowest level, were found along with 25 movies at Level A, the most serious level, 9 movies at Level B and 12 at Level C.

Zdunek, who now lives in St Albans, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty on 21 October this year to 4 charges of making (downloading) indecent images.

Sarah Reed, defending, said he had no previous convictions and had lost his job.

Judge John Plumstead told him: “You are going to prison if you do this again. You have lived a respectable life but for this disgraceful perverted curiosity. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

He passed a three year community order with 60 days’ rehabilitation requirement. He must abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order and register as a sex offender for seven years.