Oxford paedophile caught with images of children
APPALLING snaps of youngsters being abused are ‘fuelling the market’ for sex offenders, a judge has warned.
Judge Maria Lamb made the comments as she lambasted Shane Alderson for his collection of images and videos of children being exploited.
The defendant faced the judge for sentence, leaving Oxford Crown Court with a two-year community order.
Judge Lamb said: “Behind each of these images, there is a real child and a real family of that child, and by doing what you have done, you are perpetuating, you are creating, the demand for these sorts of material.
“I don’t think people realise the damage which is done. There can be no excuse for this.”
Police rifled through Alderson’s former home in Nicholas Avenue, Oxford, after suspecting he was downloading the illegal material, prosecutor Cathy Olliver told the court yesterday.
Officers seized computer equipment during their hunt of the property at 6.40am, discovering images of children as young as seven.
The paedophile declared ‘yes it was me, I have looked at images’ when police turned up at his workplace to arrest him, the court heard.
He confessed to interviewing officers he had ‘some sexual interest’ in children but knew his desires were ‘wrong’’.
The 38-year-old revealed he had combed the internet for indecent material ‘for some time’ but deleted the content. He was unrepresented at his hearing, but apologised for his offending when quizzed by the judge.
The defendant, now of Marston Road, Oxford, admitted two counts of making indecent images of a child between November 19, 2012, and March 5, 2016.
He was also made subject to a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement and a five-year sexual harm prevention order, must pay £420 and sign the sex offenders register for five years.