July 2017

Alvaston dad had 40,000 sick child abuse videos and pictures

A graphic designer was found with more than 40,000 sick child abuse videos and photographs when police raided his Derby home.

Father-of-one Lee Elmore also had movies of a woman engaged in a sex act with a dog and admitted he had been downloading indecent material for a decade.

The 40-year-old, of Alvaston, was snared when he got into an email exchange with an undercover detective who he sent some of the images to.

Derby Crown Court heard that he asked the officer if he had ever had sex with a minor and also told him how he “had only done it once but wanted to do it again soon”.

And, in his police interview, he admitted that he viewed the vast amount of material “because he got sexual gratification” from doing so.

Jailing Elmore, for 20 months at Derby Crown Court, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “It is alarming to see the conversation between you and the undercover officer.

“What is of concern is that in your probation service report you are assessed to pose a high risk of serious harm to children.

“These are serious matters and what makes them even more serious is the period of time you viewed and downloaded these indecent images.”

Steven Taylor, prosecuting, said police raided Elmore’s home, in Harvey Road, on June 18 where they seized his electronic devices.

Analysis uncovered 41,453 indecent films or images of children, of which more than 2,000 were the most serious Category A which depicts adults and children engaged in sexual acts.

Experts also found three extreme pornographic movies involving a woman and a dog and 795 prohibited images, which include animated scenes of child sex abuse.

Mr Taylor said: “This is a case where the defendant became involved in an email conversation with an undercover police officer.

“They exchanged a number of emails which included the defendant sending indecent images to the officer thinking he was like-minded.

“As a result of the exchange police went to his home address where they seized a computer and an external hard drive.”

Mr Taylor said on the devices they discovered 108 movies and 1,949 images of Category A; 20 films and 3,306 photographs of category B and 35 moving images and 36,035 photographs of category C.

They also found the prohibited and extreme films and images.

Mr Taylor said: “The defendant was arrested and interviewed during which he was extremely open, saying he had been viewing indecent images of children for a number of years and had installed software that would hide his internet address when he went looking for it.

“He was open about how he received sexual gratification from viewing the material.”

Elmore pleaded guilty to a five-count indictment of possessing and distributing child sexual abuse images