Insomniac porn addict downloaded images of child abuse and bestiality
A pornography-addicted man told a court he had downloaded images of bestiality and child abuse because his insomnia meant he had a ‘lot of free time on his hands’.
53-year-old Gerald Moore downloaded all of the material at Frome between November 21 and 22 2015, Taunton Crown Court heard today (September 29).
The 53-year-old defendant, living care of an address in High Street, Nunney, had previously admittedly making indecent movies of a child in the most serious category A.
He also admitted two similar charges of making four indecent photographs and 48 movies of a child in Category B and 24 indecent photographs and 42 movies of a child in Category C.
Moore further admitted an offence of possessing an extreme pornographic image which portrayed in an explicit and realistic way a person performing an act of intercourse with a dog.
Moore represented himself in court, telling Judge David Ticehurst he would rather go to prison than have his family incur the financial difficulties hiring a barrister would bring.
Prosecuting, Caroline Bolt said Avon and Somerset Police had been contacted by Kent Police, who had identified his IP address on a peer sharing network.
“When the police went to Moore’s house and he said he knew nothing about them, but despite his denials, due to his manner and demeanour, it was clear he wasn’t being entirely honest with them.”
A laptop, desktop and hard drive were all seized and police discovered he had made a number of searches for indecent images of children.
“The images showed mostly young girls, between nine and 12 years old, engaged in sexual activity,” Mrs Bolt said.
When Moore was interviewed by police he admitted all the offences and said he had ‘no sexual desire’ for children and had looked at them out of curiosity.
Moore told the court he had ‘no defence’ for what he had done, and said he wanted to offer his sincere regrets to the court, his family and his family.
“I suffer from insomnia and my partner goes to bed quite early,” he said. “It left me with a lot of time on my hands, which didn’t help.”
Judge David Ticehurst told him: “You could have looked at anything online – aeroplanes, motorcars, steam engines. Anything would be better than watching young children being sexually abused.”
He told the judge he had not considered that the children shown in the images were being abused.
“I was lost and desensitised by internet pornography,” he said. “I was just curious. I became addicted to porn and I just became more and more extreme in what I was looking at.”
He also told the judge: “I don’t think that a term in prison would help me in any way.”
Sentencing him, Judge David Ticehurst said: “It’s people like you that cause these young girls to be abused. How would you feel if it was one of your family members? You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.”
Moore was given a total sentence of 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 30 days of rehabilitation activity.
He will also undergo a sex offender treatment programme and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.