Derbyshire pervert loses marriage and job after being caught with child sex abuse photos
A pervert from Derbyshire has lost his marriage and his job after being caught with child sex abuse photographs on his computer.
Police discovered disturbing images of children as young as six when they analysed Jonathan Milne’s electronic device.
A court was told how the 35-year-old, of Ashbourne, had been sent the pictures as long ago as 2009 when he was using the internet to access chat rooms.
But his failure to delete them led undercover investigators to identify Milne as being in possession of the sick photos, Derby Crown Court heard.
Handing him a two-year community order, Recorder Sally Hancox said: “There were only seven images but, just because there were only seven images, it does not lessen the impact on the children in them. Some people refer to these images as child pornography. It is absolutely not.”
She added: “It is child sexual abuse and these are children that are suffering sexual abuse and who knows what pain and suffering befell them before or after these photographs were taken.
“You sought to hide your offending from your family, your friends, your employers and the police. Now you have lost your job, your family and your contact with your son will be limited. All of this you have brought on yourself.
“People think the internet gives them a second life where they can do what they want. But there are people working hard behind the scenes searching for people who seek out images of child sex abuse.”
Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said Derbyshire police issued a warrant on Milne’s then address in Forge Close, Repton, on March 24, 2016.
Analysis revealed he had been discussing “paedophilic interests” while he was logged into internet chat rooms and he was sent the seven category C images by other people he was talking to online. Mr Janes said: “The crown accepts this is not a case where hundreds or thousands of images were found as this court often sees.”
Milne, of Blore Close, was arrested and denied possessing the images but finally pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children as he was about to go on trial. Dan Church, mitigating, said his client had no previous convictions and is now living at his parents’ home in Ashbourne.
He said: “This is not a case where he has actively searched for these images. They were sent to him during chat room conversations. As a natural consequence of his offending, he has suffered.
“He married in 2010 and he has a five-year-old son. That marriage is now over and, since this offending was discovered, he has lost his employment of 12 years. He was addicted to lawful pornography involving adults and he is now taking steps to seek help with that addiction.”
As well as the community order, Recorder Hancox handed Milne a five-year sexual harm prevention order and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
She also ordered him to attend an intensive 30-session sex offender rehabilitation programme.