July 2017

Pervert says he downloaded ‘revolting’ child abuse films to ‘relieve stress’

A pervert who viewed films of young children being sexually abused and raped, says he did it to relieve “stress”

He avoided prison after he was put on a rehabilitation course.

Police found nearly 100 videos of children as young as “five or six” being sexually abused when they seized Kalim Khan’s laptop computer in a search of his home in Plimsoll Way, Victoria Dock, on November 21 last year.

They had received information that indecent images of children were being downloaded from a computer registered to his address.

Forensic examination of the device revealed 54 videos at Category A – the most serious – 12 at Category B, and 27 Category C videos. There was also one still Category B image, and five Category C images.

Phillip Evans, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court of the videos: “Some of these are excerpts which lasted for a second or two, but there are other examples which lasted for a quarter of an hour. There is evidence that very young children were involved; in some of these images as young as five or six years of age.”

After reading a police summary of the material, which he did not want aired in open court, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Khan: “I can scarcely believe that a man like you, aged 32, from a responsible background, holding down a responsible job, who is intelligent, and has a decent family life, can do as you did in this case, by viewing for your own sexual gratification material of the kind that a few moments ago I read about.”

Mr Evans said when Khan was interviewed at a police station, he made “immediate admissions to possession of the images. I should add there’s no question of distribution or anything of that nature”.

Khan also admitted the material “had been used as a sexual stimulus”. He pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children.

Khan was sentenced to a three-year community order, and must attend 35 sessions of the Northumbria group sex offender programme, have up to 40 days rehabilitation, and must pay £400 prosecution costs within 28 days.

Judge Richardson said he would monitor his progress, and warned him: “If you in any way disengage from the programme then I’m afraid back you will come before me and prison it will be – that I can guarantee.”

Khan must register as a sex offender for five years, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.