January 2018

Clacton dad who watched snake, fish, pig and dog porn avoids jail

A dad-of-two watched bestiality involving snakes, fish, pigs, dogs and horses as part of a horde of 4,500 indecent images and videos.

Steven Reeves, 52, from Southcliffe Park in Clacton was charged with five separate counts including making indecent images of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images.

At Chelmsford Crown court, it was heard how the disturbing material was found when the police searched Reeves’ computer and devices.

Police received information that indecent images of children had been downloaded and accessed from a device within the workplace of BT Exchange in Holland Road, Clacton between November 2016 and April 2017.

During an investigation into this, it was discovered that the defendant, who worked at BT Exchange, was in the building at the time the device was in use.

A search warrant was issued and on July 14, police attended his home address, where he was arrested on suspicion of making or possessing indecent images of children.

When police arrived, he was about to go to work and was wearing a work polo shirt.

Reeves’ work bag and van, that was exclusively given to him for work purposes, were also searched and a number of items were seized from his van and locker at work.

He was interviewed at Clacton police station, where he made “full and frank” admissions to the police admitting he deliberately downloaded, in his own words, “thousands” of indecent images and movies of children.

The dad of two also possessed extreme bestiality images and movies including pornography involving pigs, snakes, horses, fishes and dogs.

Prosecuting lawyer, Raj Joshi, told the court: “To put it mildly, some of the material was not only extreme as far as the bestiality images are concerned, but also as far as children are concerned. One involved a small child aged one to two years old.

“As far as aggravating factors are concerned, we have the age and vulnerability of the children that are being depicted, some of those in lots of pain or distress.

“We also have the period over which the images were possessed and it was in essence, dare I say it, a collection of this material.

In total, Reeves had 4,108 images and 648 movies making a total number of 4,756 prohibited images and videos of all categories.

Sparing him jail, Judge Patricia Lynch QC told Reeves: “People like yourselves who download and watch this material of children forget that they are real children, real children who are forced to endure demeaning and horrific experiences and they grow up knowing people such as yourself are watching it.

“Children deserve our protection not our abuse.”