January 2018

Man with ‘fantasy of looking for 11-year-old girls’ had indecent images of children on his computer

Police found images of child sexual abuse images on a man’s computer equipment involving his “fantasy of looking for 11-year-old girls”.

He indirectly played his part in the “horrible, evil industry” of child abuse, a court heard

Graham Ward, 55, of Chapman Avenue, Scunthorpe, admitted three offences of making indecent photographs of children and another of distributing images, between September 22, 2014 and May 30 last year.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police went to Ward’s home after receiving information about images. They examined a desktop computer and a power unit.

Ward was involved in the “fantasy of looking for 11-year-old girls” and downloaded 178 images. He had shared 10 images, including one at the most serious category.

Recorder Sophie Drake told Ward: “Although you did not abuse these children, you still indirectly abused each and every child who appears in these images.

“If it wasn’t for the market that you were part of, these children would not have to be abused.

“You played your part in that horrible, evil industry. You are clearly someone who has a sexual interest in children.”

Ward was given a 16-month suspended prison sentence, 18 days’ rehabilitation and a sex offender treatment programme.

He was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, must register as a sex offender for 10 years and was ordered to pay £300 costs.