October 2017

Pervert caught with child abuse images

A ‘sci-fi writer’ caught with child abuse images claimed he was researching a story.

John Davies tried to explain away vile images on his computer by telling officers that he was writing about a schoolboy victim of sexual abuse.

But the 45-year-old was locked up by a judge who rejected his excuse as ‘wholly incredible’ – saying children were subjected to ‘torture’ by the ‘wicked’ so people like Davies could view it.

At his Manchester Crown Court sentencing Davies’ solicitor claimed he had entered the ‘alien world’ of child abuse imagery while under the influence of drink.

The call centre worker’s offences came to light after American sources tipped off the National Crime Agency that a Facebook user with the profile name ‘John Smith’ had uploaded suspected indecent images of children of the most serious legal category to the internet.

The IP address was linked back to Davies’ partner, who was arrested and questioned on suspicion of the offences before it emerged who was responsible.

A video showing the sexual abuse of a young boy was found on Davies’ laptop along with 22 indecent images of children aged between seven and twelve.

Prosecutor Charlotte Crangle said the arrested man denied any knowledge of the offences but told officers he was in a long-term relationship with Davies who lived with him.

When Davies was arrested he admitted to using the ‘John Smith’ Facebook profile for online chat.

During the course of these conversations he was sent indecent images of children and admitted to sharing them, Miss Crangle said.

The court heard he told officers that he writes science fiction short stories – and was researching a story about a schoolboy being abused

Analysis of the laptop also revealed internet search terms relating to the offences and a ‘shredder tool’ designed to permanently delete files.

Davies, of Oakhill Court, Salford , pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing indecent images of children.

At his sentencing his defence solicitor said he still insists the offences were not committed for sexual gratification.

Recorder Atherton said ‘a message must go out’ that the offences are unacceptable.

He jailed Davies for six months, handed him a sexual harm prevention order and made him subject to notification requirements for seven years.

Recorder Peter Atherton, sentencing, said the offences were ‘appalling’.

“Wicked people subject children to this sort of abuse and torture because there are people like you out there who will access them,” he said.

“If there were not people like you the incentive for it to happen would not be there.”

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