August 2017

Devizes IT expert admits lying about indecent images of girl

An IT expert from Devizes who lied to a jury about how numerous images of child abuse got on to his computer must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Simon Guerrero claimed the pictures and movies had been put on his machine by someone using it remotely.

But after the 47-year-old’s explanation was forensically dismantled by the prosecution at a trial before Swindon Crown Court the jury found him guilty.

And talking to a probation officer who compiled a presentence report the dad-of-one admitted what he had done, saying he was too ashamed to tell the truth.

Guerrero, of Bowes Court, Thomas Wyatt Road, Devizes, was being sentenced for eight counts of making indecent images of children between May 2001 and July 2105.

The police had attended his home after receiving information from across the Atlantic where the FBI found he had been accessing the material.

Among the images on his machine were a young girl aged between six and eight years old being raped by a man.

And it was also found that he had been putt terms into search engines as he sought out the vile material online.

Philip Warren, defending, said his client was a ‘high achiever’ who owns an IT company which turns over about £100,000 a year.

However he said he had a client who just defaulted on a £50,000 invoice and his conviction did not help business.

He said he was currently paying £950 a month in maintenance to his former wife and son and realised now that it was unwise to have a trial.

Passing sentence Judge Robert Pawson said “Mr Guerrero, you are 47 years of age, you are an IT expert.

“You did your best to hide your activities. Activities which spanned several years when you were accessing sites which contained images, sexual images of children.

“You are clearly an intelligent man Mr Guerrero and it can’t have escaped your attention that however easy it is to access these images, on the dark web or otherwise, somewhere in the world there is a little girl aged six, seven, eight being forced to perform oral sex on a fully grown male.

“That will have no doubt scarred her life. Mr Guerrero, there is no easy way of putting it, people like you who access that material provide the market and provide the incentive for the people who take these sort of images, to take them and to put them on the internet.

“So there is a number of children out there for whom you are at least partly responsible for the most grotesque indignity being carried out on them or them being forced to perform.

“It is clear to me that you now accept that you accessed these images and your knew it was wrong.”

He imposed a 21 month jail term suspended for two years with supervision and 25 days rehabilitation activity requirement.

He also imposed a 10 year sexual harm prevention order restricting his liberty to match the period he must register as a sex offender.

July 2017

Man with child abuse images released on bail

Devizes man Simon Guerrero who was found to have numerous images of child abuse has been released on bail by a judge.

Guerrero downloaded the vile material from the internet between May 2001 and July 2105.

Although the 47-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges a jury at Swindon Crown Court convicted him following a trial.

Guerrero, of Bowes Court, Thomas Wyatt Road, Devizes, pleaded had denied eight counts of making indecent images of children.

But he was found guilty of all the charges after a jury did not believe his story that he had not made the material.

He now has to register as a sex offender with the total time he remains doing do determined by the sentence he receives.

Judge Robert Pawson adjourned the case to a date to be fixed and released him on bail until then.

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