May 2017

South Ockendon sex offender who watched and distributed indecent images of children is spared jail

A paedophile who viewed the sexual abuse of a dead chicken, downloaded more than a thousand indecent images of children and then shared them online with other like-minded sex offenders has been spared jail.

Ryan Clements, 28, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of children, two counts of distributing indecent photographs of children and possession of prohibited images of children.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of extreme pornographic material, which featured an image of a dead chicken being sexually abused.

Accompanied by his mother, Clements, of Cam Green, South Ockendon, appeared before Basildon Crown Court to be sentenced on Thursday (May 18).

Explaining to the court how Clements came to the attention of police, prosecutor Carolyn Gardiner said: “The police in 2016 received intelligence indicating that a user of an internet protocol had accessed indecent images of children on May 5.

“Officers attended the address and arrested the defendant on suspicion of making and distributing indecent images of children.

“They seized one touch tablet, a disk from his bedroom and a USB memory card.”

When officers searched the devices, they found a range of explicit photographs and videos of young children, with 310 coming from the most serious Category A, 191 from Category B and 461 from Category C.

It was also discovered that Clements had sent 31 of these images to someone in a Skype message.

In addition to the vile horde of child abuse images, police found that Clements had also downloaded 265 prohibited images of children, which came in a Japanese cartoon-style.

“When the defendant was arrested he made admissions to downloading the indecent images,” said Ms Gardiner.

“He used a website which showed males masturbating into young children’s underwear.”

Using the name ‘Essex Paedo’, Clements went onto chat rooms and used the app ‘Kik’ to find groups where he could find images to feed his perverted tendencies.

Clements gave his Dropbox account password out to other paedophiles so they too could access his sick collection – the majority of which featured children under the age of four.

Despite receiving a police caution in 2011 for viewing indecent images, the court heard how Clements “was fine for a couple of years” but ended up indulging in his vile hobby.

When asked how it made him feel, Clements said: “I just seems I always make my way to it. When I see a child in the street I never think of them in that way.”

Passing sentence, Judge Pugh said: “It is worth noting that these are not victimless crimes.

“Every single child you have viewed has been abused – it is people like you that means abuse of children continues.”

Judge Pugh, however, felt that Clements would not be able to access the rehabilitative treatment he needed in prison.

“It is for that reason alone that I am prepared to suspend the two-year sentence for a period of two years,” said Judge Pugh.

Clements received two years in prison for the making and distribution offences, a one-year sentence for possession of extreme pornography and one year imprisonment for possession of the prohibited images, all of which were suspended for two years and to run concurrently.

In addition, he was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work, complete 60 days of rehabilitative treatment and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

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