March 2017

Ex-Navy man jailed for sick child and animal sex abuse videos

A former Royal Navy serviceman has been sent to jail for possessing and distributing sickening child and animal sex abuse videos.

Andrew Grove, who served in the Royal Navy for 16 years, had images and videos featuring young children crying and grimacing in pain whilst being abused and people performing sex acts on animals.

Grove, 41, from Parc an Maen in Porthleven, Cornwall, appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after previously pleading guilty to making indecent images of children spanning Categories A, B and C, one count of possessing an extreme image of a person having sex or performing oral sex on a live animal and the distribution of Category A images.

The court heard how Grove, who served in the Royal Navy for 16 years before leaving in 2013, was caught with a total of 308 images including 187 child abuse videos. 

Prosecuting Grove, Phillip Lee said: “A warrant was executed at Mr Grove’s home address in Porthleven and four laptops were seized.

“The devices were examined revealing a variety of indecent images, some featuring children as young as five and clearly in distress as they were being filmed. One child could be seen grimacing and another crying during the abuse.”

Mr Lee told the court how Grove had searched for specific terms designed to illicit indecent images such as ‘preteen’ and ‘under age prostitute’.

Police also found evidence that he had shared the images with others using Skype, and engaged with other paedophiles falsely boasting about acts he claimed to have committed on children using the moniker Andy8202.

Sentencing Grove, Judge Robert Linford said: “The descriptions of the images are descriptions that plumb the very depths of depravity and feature children as young as five being vaginally, orally and anally penetrated.

“But by far and away the most serious count is the count of distribution – you were sharing images with others who have the same distorted and perverted interest as yourself.

“Otherwise you have led a blameless past and served the country for a long period of time and undoubtedly saw things that have affected you.”

After much deliberation Judge Linford sentenced Grove to two years in prison and issued him a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

“The sentence I pass gives me no pleasure as I appreciate there’s a large amount of good in you,” he added.