November 2017

Carer convicted again for having images of boys being sexually abused

A former carer has been sent on a sex offenders’ course after being found with images of young boys being sexually abused on his phone.

Nigel Ayres was found with the images on a phone which police seized from his home in Tiverton when they went to arrest him for offences of historic abuse, for which he has since been cleared.

He has a previous conviction for possessing indecent images in 2012 and claimed that the ones on the phone were left over from that time but police checks showed the Samsung phone had been invented yet.

Ayres, aged 51, of Leat Street, Tiverton, admitted three new charges of making indecent images by downloading them from the internet.

 

He was jailed for nine months, suspended for two years and ordered to go on an internet sex offenders’ course by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

He also ordered him to sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will allow the police to monitor his internet use for the same time.

The judge told him he would normally go straight to jail for a second offence but he accepted the eight images had all been downloaded in 2013 and there was no evidence of anything similar in the four years since.

 

He told him:”Your continuing sexual interest in children is a real cause for concern to the court and I hope it is a real concern for you too. It has got to be sorted out.”

Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said the images were found on a Samsung phone which police seized from the top of a wardrobe. It had three category A images, showing serious child abuse, and five at the lower categories B and C.

All showed boys, as had the images found when Ayres was first arrested in August 2010.

Mr Joss Ticehurst, defending, said there were only a small number of images, and they had all been downloaded on the same occasion in 2013.

He asked the judge to act on a probation report which said Ayres was suitable for a treatment programme because he was quite open about his sexual interest in boys.

At a trial at Exeter Crown Court in September Ayres was found not guilty of the historic rape and sexual abuse of a girl in the 1990s.