February 2018

Paedo pensioner Anthony Lucas told: “You deserve everything you get.”

A pensioner from Castle Cary who admitted downloading hundreds of images of children being sexually abused was branded a sick pervert as he was sentenced by a judge today.

Anthony Frank Lucas looked at indecent photographs and movie clips of children over a 13 year period spanning the full range of categories of seriousness.

When the 71-year-old defendant, of The Triangle, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates he admitted all the allegations against them.

He admitted that between September 1, 2004 and July 4, 2017 at Wincanton he made 244 indecent movie clips and 9 indecent photographs of children in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two more similar offences between the same dates involving 88 indecent movie clips and 304 indecent photographs in Category B, and 12 indecent movie clips and 130 indecent photographs of children in Category C.

Prosecuting, Nikki Coombe said Lucas’ home had been raided by police after his IP address was linked to download of the horrific images, which featured girls aged between five and 12-years-old.

“When police went to his house, he went over to an Acer laptop that was on the dining room table and was trying to remove the material for it,” she said.

She added that the images showed children suffering obvious pain and distress.

When arrested by the police, Lucas admitted downloading the images, but denied gaining sexual gratification from them – something Judge David Ticehurst said was “utter nonsense.”

Sentencing him, Judge David Ticehurst noted that Lucas had daughters of his own.

“Can you remember them when they were seven and nine years old?” he asked. “Because that is the age of just one of the girls in the images you were downloading.”

The judge described the abuse the girl was suffering in graphic detail, before telling him: “Girls are being abused because of sick perverts like you.

“Without people like you, who derive sick pleasure from these images, little boys and girls would not be abused. You should be disgusted with yourself. It is wicked beyond belief that you can enjoy watching abuse like that.

“You deserve everything you get.”

He sentenced Lucas to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered him to carry out 60 days of rehabilitation activities. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years, and made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for the same amount of time.

As he left the dock, the judge told him: “You are now recognised as a paedophile and a pervert. The police will be keeping an eye on you.”