June 2017

Derby man looked at child abuse pics

A Derby man caught with indecent images of children said he was using them as a vigilante to name and shame paedophiles.

Ashley Dempsey said he downloaded the 86 images and was using Facebook to try and trap people who accessed them.

A court heard how the police issued a search warrant at his Chaddesden home after receiving information that his internet address was linked to the illegal pictures and videos.

The 28-year-old’s computer equipment was seized and the 86 images, 35 of which were the most serious category A type, were discovered on two memory sticks and a laptop.

Also found was an extreme pornographic image which involved a human being in a sex act with an animal.

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said: “When police got to his address they described him as being very nervous and agitated. He told police he had been creating false Facebook profiles.

“He was interviewed on many occasions and each time he told them he had been contacting other people, acting in a similar way to vigilante groups who try and trap others (who get enjoyment from the images) and report them to Facebook.”

Dempsey, of Haydn Road, was charged and pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children and a further count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

They consisted of 35 category A pictures or movies, 19 category B and 32 category C.

Recorder Sally Hancox, at Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, handed Dempsey a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years.

She also ordered that he be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Recorder Hancox said: “Whatever your motive was, people who view these images are contributing to appalling child suffering and serious sexual harm.

“If there is a commodity, if there appears to be an abundance of images in continued circulation, then people around the world who produce them and carry out this sexual abuse against children, will see you as another customer.

“I have one decision to make and that is a simple one – whether or not to send you to prison immediately or not.”