July 2017

Man searched for child abuse images

A computer user who downloaded child sexual abuse images has been sent on a sex offenders’ course.

Charles Kidd-Tilley said he was trying to understand the nature of abuse because of events within his own family when he searched the internet for the images.

He was caught when police traced his activity through his IP address and raided his home in Tiverton, where they seized a black Acer laptop which contained 72 still images.

Kidd-Tilley, aged 30, of River View, Tiverton, admitted making indecent images of children and was ordered to attend a sex offenders course as part of a three year community order.

He was also ordered to pay £250 costs, put on the sex offenders’ register, and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

He told him:”You need to understand this was a very serious offence and if it happens again, you will go to prison. This must never happen again. A community order is the right course because you are of effective good character.”

Mr Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said police executed a warrant at Kidd-Tilley’s home on March 25, 2016, and found 72 images, of which 11 were at the worst category A, which signifies the serious abuse of children.

Kidd-Tilley told the police he was not a paedophile and had no sexual interest in children. He said he had sought the images because he was trying to come to terms with issues within his family.