November 2017

Forgetful pervert left his box of child abuse images at his ex’s house

A man who downloaded child abuse images and then saved them to floppy disc was caught out when he accidentally left his sick stash at his ex’s house.

A court heard today that 35-year-old Jonathan O’Keefe had forgotten about the images, which he had also transferred onto DVDs, and left them behind in a metal cash box when he moved out of the home he had shared with his former partner.

He left in 2014 but it was only in April this year that the mother of his daughter found the box and opened it.

Derek Jones, prosecuting, said: “Inside were six DVDs and three floppy discs and when she checked them she found they contained indecent images and called the police.”

Officers collected the items from her St Helens home.

The floppy discs had been created in 2003, 2005 and 2006 and contained still images.

The DVDs contained videos, some made in 2005 and 2006, and the dates of the others are unknown.

Altogether the items contained a total of 59 videos, mainly in the most serious category, and 24 photographs.

Mr Jones told Liverpool Crown Court that the images showed girls as young as four being abused and a 33 minute video involved a seven-year-old girl.

Police went to O’Keefe’s home in The Cloisters, Eccleston, and seized a number of electronic items which were forensically analysed.

Some adult pornography was found but no further images or videos showing the abuse of children.

When interviewed O’Keefe admitted searching for indecent images and using search terms including “child” and “porn”.

O’Keefe, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images and one of possessing them.

He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered him to attend 60 days rehabilitation activities.

O’Keefe was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.