April 2017: Turner has now been sacked from the McColls Village Store in West Hill

April 2017

Shop worker had child abuse images on memory stick

A shop worker has been sent on a sex offenders’ course after police found child sexual abuse videos on a memory stick hidden at his home.

Ashley Turner (31) had two movies showing serious abuse on the USB device which was found in a jar in his room at the house in Exeter which he shares with his mother.

He was traced by police because his IP address was identified as being linked to suspicious activity.

Turner, of Stuart Road, Exeter, admitted making indecent images of children and was ordered to attend the probation-run Horizon sex offenders’ programme as part of a two year community order.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, ordered Turner to sign on the sex offenders’ register and made him subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will enable the police to monitor his use of the internet.

He told him:”This was a serious offence. You are 31 and have no previous convictions or involvement with the criminal courts.

“That fact and that alone means you do not go to prison today, but you must understand this has got to stop. The police will be checking up on your computers and you will go to prison if it happens again.”

Mr James Taghdissian, prosecuting, said police traced Turner through his IP address and raided his home in 2015, seizing a variety of pieces of equipment.

He said:”The items were forensically examined and on a memory stick which had been found in a jug in his bedroom there were two movie files. Search terms suggested a more long standing interest.”

Turner worked 60 hours a week as the manager of a convenience store in West Hill