June 2017

Man jailed over 140,000 child abuse images and filming naked boys on beach

A sex offender who kept a hoard of 140,000 images of child abuse and secretly filmed naked boys on a beach has been jailed for four years.

Gary Davison, 56, of Hunt Lea Avenue, Lincoln, called his hoard of 140,000 images “the collection”, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

He admitted three counts of making indecent images of children and one of taking indecent images of children.

Davison used a video recorder to film naked boys aged between five and nine on a beach in Majorca, Spain, during holidays over several years, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA) which raided his home in March 2016.

He did not know any of the children filmed in Spain.

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, told the court: “There were so many images that the police were overwhelmed.

“During the course of the investigation at various stages the defendant made full and frank admissions to having an interest in this type of material.

“He said that over a period of 15 years he had been amassing these images.

“He described himself as having a sexual interest in Caucasian males between the ages of seven and 12 years of age.”

Mr Wolfson said that when the images were examined police found images of boys as young as four years old being abused. They also found images of young girls being abused

During interview Davison admitted downloading indecent images of children for 15 years.

Davison, who appeared at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday, was sentenced to four years for making 1,400 images and videos, along with 18 months and six months for the two other counts of making indecent images of children.

He was also sentenced to six months for taking images on the beach. All sentences are to run concurrently.

The NCA said Davison was also given a sexual harm prevention order and put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

He was convicted in 1988 of indecent assault on a male under 16, indecent assault on a male under 14 and buggery, the NCA said.

He was also convicted in 1991 of indecent assault on a male under 16 and taking indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children.

Those convictions pre-dated the introduction of the sex offenders’ register so Davison was not subject to active management by law enforcement.