Sick paedophile searched for ‘toddler prostitute’ on the internet
A tourist was found with child abuse images and stories on his computer when he left the laptop on the plane during his journey home.
Retired NHS manager Michael Cavanna forgot to remove the device from the overhead locker on his return flight from Faro in Portugal to Exeter Airport and airline staff examined it in the hope of tracing the owner.
They called in the police after finding stories about child abuse on a memory card in the laptop and officers then found images on other devices at Cavanna’s home.
There was also evidence that the 68-year-old married father-of-two had searched for other images using terms such as ‘toddler prostitute’ and ‘too young for sex’.
Cavanna, of Lawn Close, Torquay, admitted three counts of making or possessing indecent or prohibited images of children and one of possessing extreme animal pornography.
He was sentenced to three months, suspended for two years and ordered to do ten days rehabilitation activities by Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court. He also put him on the sex offenders’ register for seven years and made an order which allows the police to monitor his internet activity.
He told him:”This case started with you leaving your computer on a flight from Portugal to Exeter and has led you to this court. You are 68-year-old family man with grown up children and no previous convictions.”
Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said airport staff examined the computer to try to trace the owner but instead found stories which contained fantasies about the sexual abuse of young children.
Police tracked down Cavanna and found two images of serious abuse of girls aged five or six and 44 images of children in sexual poses. There were also 212 images and 288 movies showing adults having sex with animals.