April 2017

Pervert caught with indecent images of children

A MAN caught with indecent images of children on his computer has been ordered to undergo a three-year sex offenders programme to tackle his “perversion.”

Shaun McLoughlin, 54, was found to be involved in an internet sharing group swapping images of children being abused, some of them aged under five, Worcester Crown Court was told.

Police raided his home in Worcester in June last year as part of an ongoing investigation into child porn, Amanda O’Mara, prosecuting, told the court.

McLoughlin was found to have 19 images at category A, the most serious, with six of them moving images, 12 at category B including three moving images and 42 at category C including four moving images.

He admitted three offences and was sent from Worcester Magistrates Court for sentence.

Miss O’Mara told the court McLoughlin, who now lives in Brookside, Telford, had viewed images of children under 14 with some under five.

He had put in search words including “child sex” and “pre-teen models” and was found to have been part of a network sharing images.

She said he had been convicted of a sex offence in Denmark in 2010 involving a young girl and had a criminal record including affray and criminal damage dating back to 1983.

Nicholas Berry, defending, said McLoughlin, who has a young child, had a number of issues that needed addressing and would not get the help he needed from a short prison sentence.

Judge Robert Juckes QC said the images were of real children being abused and if the criminals filming them could be arrested they would get 15 or 20 years in jail.

He said McLoughlin was eligible for the three-year sex offenders group work programme which would be more onerous than a short custodial sentence and would aim “to cure him of his perversion.”

He was ordered to undertake 30 days of a rehabilitation requirement and to do 200 hours unpaid work. A sexual harm prevention order was also passed to restrict his use of the internet and he will have to register as a sex offender for five years.