January 2017

Cullompton library user caught with images after contacting girl, 14

A man who tried to contact under age girls over the internet was found with illegal images on his phone after police arrested him at a public library.

Colin Drew was already subject to a community order because of similar offences when he was caught with more images on his phone and laptop in June last year.

No action was taken on his attempts to contact a 14-year-old girl but he was prosecuted over the 940 indecent images which were recovered.

Drew, aged 41, of Fairfax Drive, Cullompton, admitted four counts of making indecent images of children when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

All but 125 of the images came into the lowest category C, which shows naked children in indecent poses. The remainder were category B images which show non penetrative sexual activity.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for sentence next month and ordered a probation report. The report will contain an update on the work Drew is doing under his existing community order.

He told Drew:”The position for you is much more serious than it has been in the past because images were downloaded after the previous sentence. I will renew bail but make no promises about the outcome.”

Mr Lee Bremridge, prosecuting, said:”These offences came to light as a result of a compliant from a 14-year-old girl who said he was sending her messages and asking to meet her at a Tesco.

“Police intervened and arrested him at a library in Cullompton. Two mobiles were found on him and his ex partner brought in a computer which also contained images.

“A decision was taken not to proceed in connection with the other matters.”

He said the images on the phone had been downloaded recently but others on a memory card and the computer may day back to 2009.