January 2018

Chippenham man who ‘still insists he is not attracted to children’ jailed again for distributing images

A former nurse who was again caught distributing indecent images of children has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Paul Stevens emailed thousands of indecent images and movies of children being abused to like-minded people.

But the 66-year-old, who had been convicted of similar matters on two occasions in the past, insists he is not sexually attracted to children.

Stevens, of Chelwood Close, Chippenham, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing and two of distributing indecent images of children.

He also admitted breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order imposed in 2011.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how police got intelligence that Stevens’ computer was being used to access the vile material.

When they went to his house they seized his computer and tablet and found a collection of indecent pictures and films of children.

It was also uncovered that he had sent 520 emails, from two addresses, to other people who he had met in chat rooms.

She said he had also engaged in conversations online with other people where he pretended to be a 16-year-old girl.

Miss Squire said that as a result of a conviction in 2011 he put on an order banning him from using chat rooms, which he breached.

On that occasion he was jailed for four years after admitting distributing similar material and encouraging an underage girl to carry out a sex act on herself online.

He was also put on probation by magistrates ten years earlier after he was caught with indecent images of children on his computer.

Jailing him, Judge Robert Pawson said “It can’t have escaped your attention, Mr Stevens, that people like you watching and distributing images like this mean that somewhere around the world there is a seven-year-old being sexually abused.

“If it wasn’t for people like you those children would not be abused, with the long term impact that has on them. You contribute directly to the sexual abuse of children.

“The suggestion you make that there is no sexual attraction to children is manifestly untrue.”

March 2001

Internet pervert given probation

NURSE Paul Michael Stevens, who downloaded images of child sexual abuse from the internet, was given 36 months’ probation and ordered to undergo a sex offenders’ therapy course.

Stevens, 50, formerly of Warminster and now living at Bayliffes Close, Chippenham, had pleaded guilty to 20 charges of possessing indecent images of children when he appeared at North West Wiltshire Magistrates’ Court on February 13.

Police had searched Stevens’s Warminster home after his father-in-law handed in a computer at Warminster police station, Simon Massey, prosecuting, told north Wiltshire magistrates in Chippenham.

Officers had seized items depicting naked children from Stevens’s home. Further indecent pictures of children were found in Stevens’s briefcase.

He was interviewed at Chippenham police station, where he admitted downloading and printing the pictures from the internet.

The first 11 charges related to images found on Stevens’s computer. The other nine charges related to pictures of a more serious nature, Mr Massey said, because the pictures were actually printed out and held in Stevens’s briefcase, and the images were more disturbing, depicting children engaged in sexual acts.

Andrew Watts Jones, defending, said Stevens, who had been an alcoholic for the best part of 20 years, had admitted his sexual predilection and was coming to terms with it. Mr Watts Jones said there was no evidence to suggest Stevens had ever acted out his sexual fantasies.

He said Stevens had been sober for six months now, which offered a window of opportunity for therapy and treatment.

“Because of his predilection the risk of reoffending is high unless he is treated,” Mr Watts Jones said.

Stevens, who did not work on the paediatric ward, had resigned from his position at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Magistrates made a three-year probation order to cover all 20 offences. They ordered Stevens to take part in a sex offenders’ programme organised by the probation service. An order was made to destroy all exhibits in the case.

Stevens’s name will be added to the sex offenders’ register for five years. He was also ordered to pay £95 costs.