September 2017

Man who downloaded images of children is back before judge after admitting “temptation”

A man who downloaded indecent images of children two years ago has found himself back before the courts after admitting to his offender manager he was “tempted” to reoffend.

Hayden Miller, of Surrey Road in Bournemouth, was convicted of nine counts of making indecent images of children in October 2015.

He was handed a suspended sentence and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).

The order forbade him from owning any computer of other device that doesn’t record the browser history.

Late last year, Miller, 29, contacted his offender manager to say he had “urges to reoffend”.

Police visited his home and found a number of devices capable of accessing the internet. No indecent images were found, although there were ‘naturist’ pictures on one device, prosecutors say.

However, officers discovered that covert browser Tor had been downloaded onto a tablet. The software is associated with access to the ‘dark web’, part of the internet that is only accessible using software which allows users to remain anonymous and untraceable.

The software constituted a breach of the SHPO.

James Kellam, prosecuting, said Miller told police during an interview he “didn’t particularly realise what [Tor] was.”

“He [said] he had not used it to browse indecent images of children,” Mr Kellam said.

The defendant admitted breaching the order on his first appearance before a court.

Judge Adam Feest said: “In October last year you contacted your offender manager expressing concern about the temptation you were feeling, which is to your credit.

“Largely because of that, I am not sending you to prison today.”

Miller instead was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for two years. He must complete 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days and undertake 40 days of a treatment programme for sex offenders.