November 2016

Raid at home of perverted pensioner uncovers child and animal sex abuse images


A Felsted pervert who possessed images and movies of young children being raped by adults and extreme pornography showing humans taking part in sex acts with animals including an octopus and an eel has been spared jail.

Michael Ward, 70, of Stevens Lane, pleaded guilty to three charges involving 1,391 child sexual abuse images and a fourth involving extreme porn showing sex acts with animals.

Charlotte Davison, prosecuting, told Chelmsford Crown Court today: “Information was passed to Essex Police in November 2015 and a warrant was executed on January 15 this year.

A number of devices were seized and images were found on a computer and a USB stick.

“Search terms such as ‘jail bait schoolgirl, jail bait gallery and animal sex housewife’ were found and links to torture, abuse, drunk, drugged and forced,’ with images involving children aged six months to 15 years.”

Judge Christopher Morgan told Ward: “You viewed these images no doubt for sexual gratification.”

The judge referred to Ward having children of his own who have left home and are starting their own families.

He continued: “You have been viewing these for the best part of a year particularly 210 category A images involving children as young as six months. You well understand the physical and enormous psychological effect on them.”

As well as 210 category A still images, there were 251 category B, 913 category C and 29 movie images and 27 “extreme” still images and 19 movie images.

Ward was given a 16-month jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 30 days’ rehabilitation, comply with a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and remain on the sex offenders register for 10 years. He must also pay £520 costs.