Convicted paedophile tried to hide his laptop under his sofa
A convicted paedophile tried to hide his laptop under his sofa from police after using it to view thousands of sexual images of children as young as one.
Kevin Heyes, 50, had already served a 12 month prison sentence in November 2005 for making indecent images of children and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
But Hull Crown Court heard police officers visited his house in August last year after receiving information that an IP address at his home had been used to view indecent images of children.
Heyes, then already a registered sex offender, lived alone at the property, and told officers he did not own a computer.
“But he had attempted to hide a Toshiba laptop under a sofa,” said Mr Gordon. “He was heard to say, ‘I do not want to go back to prison.'”
A search of the property in Queen Street, Bridlington, also resulted in the discovery of a USB stick and a memory card.
Police found “at least” 509 category A – the most serious – images, 498 category B, and 770 of category C.
“I say at least because there are limited resources and the officer in the case is not able to view every image,” said Mr Gordon. “There were thousands of images in his possession.”
Heyes was charged with three counts of making indecent images of children between January 2010 and August 2016.
During his first of two police interviews, Heyes claimed he had bought the laptop second-hand from a Cash Converters store in Bridlington. He admitted viewing indecent images.
Mr Gordon said: “He was asked why he had offended again (following his earlier conviction), and he said, ‘I did not think that I would get caught.'”
Hayes had attempted to argue that the material “was not proper child porn”. Asked to elaborate, Heyes told officers that “proper child porn involved adults and kids doing stuff.
Faced with the full evidence against him, which included a video lasting three minutes and 19 seconds of children aged one to three being sexually abused, Heyes admitted in his second interview that he had bought the laptop new from a store seven years earlier.
“He admitted that he was responsible for all the images and that he knew it was wrong,” said Mr Gordon. “He said he liked pre-teen webcam material the most.”
Judge Jack told Heyes he had “learned nothing” from his earlier prison spell.
He sentenced him to two-years in jail.
“These children are being exploited and you are part of that,” said Judge Jack, before ordering him to be sent down.
Heyes must register as a sex offender for ten years. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.