April 2017

Pervert spared jail term for possessing more than 9,000 ‘disgusting’ photos of children


A man has been spared prison for possessing more than 9,000 “disgusting” images of children – including those showing the abuse of babies.

David Carey pleaded guilty to 13 offences including downloading, possessing and distributing indecent pictures and videos of youngsters.

Hundreds of them were classed as category A – the most serious.

One offence was for the possession of extreme pornographic images, involving sexual activity with an animal, while another was for possessing an indecent cartoon.

At Newcastle Crown Court, it was said the images were found after a search at Carey’s home in Langdale Close, Longbenton, in February.

Police found the illegal photos and movies on his laptop and two mobile phones.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said the defendant had come into contact with “people of similar interest” on the internet and had downloaded the pictures and videos as well as distributing some of them.

He added: “Following his arrest, he was interviewed and he accepted he had shared indecent images of children.

“He had come into contact with individuals through social network sites. He had received images and videos and forwarded some on.”

The court heard Carey, 34, who lives with his mum, had started off viewing adult pornography on the internet but had moved on to child sexual abuse images

After reading the report, Recorder Andrew Dallas sentenced Carey, who had no previous convictions, to two years in prison – suspended for two years.

He told the defendant: “You might imagine yourself in the privacy of your own home and your computer not harming anybody, in the sense that you are not touching anybody.

“But people like you perpetrate the abuse of children by encouraging others to commit abuse, photograph it and put it on the internet knowing there will be people like you who want to view it and download it.

“You are 34 years old, never been in trouble with the police before and live at home with your mum. You have never had a relationship with anybody other than your mother.

“You present as an isolated figure. I accept you drifted into this offending through adult pornography, which turned into this disgusting pornography, including the abuse and torture of babies.”

However, Recorder Dallas said Carey had made progress over recent months and had not reverted back to viewing illegal images. He decided to suspend his prison sentence.

He added: “I accept there is a very low risk that you are likely to re-offend.”

He imposed a two-year supervision requirement, with a rehabilitation activity, and ordered him to take part in a sex offenders programme. In addition, a 10-year sexual harm prevention order was made and Carey was also ordered to keep police informed of his address.


February 2017

Pervert had 9,000 indecent images which a police officer said were among the worst he has seen

A pervert has admitted possessing thousands of indecent images and movies of children which a police officer said were among the worst he had ever seen.

David Carey pleaded guilty to a series of charges in relation to 9,000 “extremely offensive” pictures and films discovered on his computer equipment.

As well as possessing the vile library, he confessed to having distributed some of the child abuse images to others.

A court heard the 33-year-old also had 73 images and 91 movies of extreme pornography portraying people having sex with animals.

Carey, who lives with his elderly mum, admitted a total of 13 offences covering the period of 2012 to 2016.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told Newcastle Crown Court: “The officer gives a full description of the images, which he says were some of the worst he has seen.”

Judge Stephen Ear added: “They are described as extremely offensive.”

Carey admitted six offences of making indecent photographs of a child, three of possessing indecent images, two of distributing indecent images, possessing prohibited cartoon images of a child and possessing extreme pornography.

His case was adjourned until the week of March 20 for a pre-sentence report and for a psychiatrist to see him.

Carey, of Langdale Close, Longbenton, was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and was further released on unconditional bail.

Robin Patton, defending, said: “The seriousness has been known to him since his arrest.”

A previous hearing at magistrates court heard the charges relate to photos and movies of category A, the most serious, through to category C, the least serious, and were found on a phone, memory stick and laptop.