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.