September 2017

Chiropractor caught with ‘vile’ images of child abuse including video of girl as young as 10

A chiropractor was caught with ‘vile’ images of child sex abuse including an 11-minute long video of a girl aged as young as 10 being abused.

Paul Woods, 62, of Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, had been left with his “life in tatters” because of his “shameful” behaviour, a court heard.

He had voluntarily removed himself from a list of approved chiropractors but his case would be investigated further by the governing body, a court heard.

Woods admitted three offences of making indecent photographs of children between January 27 and April 7 last year.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that police went to the home of Woods after receiving information that indecent photographs had been downloaded.

He denied any knowledge of them but his computer was seized.

His wife gave a statement to say that he was the only one who used the computer and that she had nothing to do with it.

Woods was not interviewed until April 7 this year, when he made no comment but gave a pre-prepared statement.

A total of 21 images were found, including 12 at the most serious level and a video more than 11 minutes long, showing a girl aged between 10 and 12 in sexual activity.

The youngest child shown was aged seven.

Mr Evans said that, given the low number of images, it might have been the case that, if Woods had made admissions at an early stage, the case might have been diverted away from prosecution but Woods did not do so at the first time of asking.

A psychiatric report suggested that he would not be a good candidate for group rehabilitation sessions.

His wife was currently standing by Woods, said Mr Barton.

References included one from a person believed to have been an ex-client.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC condemned the “shameful behaviour” of Woods.

He added that Woods had lost his good character for ever and his life was currently “in tatters”.

It might be that Woods would think it was a victimless crime but this was not true because those who put the “vile” indecent photographs on the internet did so because people like him viewed them.

The distressing images featured real children, who were abused and were caused pain.

Woods was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and 25 days’ one-to-one rehabilitation.

He was given a seven-year sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender for seven years. The computer will be destroyed.

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