February 2018

Normanton dad downloaded sick child abuse images as he took part in online role play games

A father-of-two from Derby downloaded and saved sick child abuse images sent to him as he took part in “online role play” games with people from across the world.

A court heard how Barnaby Taylor started viewing the vile pictures following the death of his father three years before he was caught.

Police went to his then home, in Randolph Road, after receiving information that his internet address was linked to downloading the photographs.

When they arrived the 30-year-old fully admitted what he had done telling officers they would find the pictures on a memory card he kept in a guitar case.

In total they discovered 41 indecent images, one of which was the most serious category A type.

Handing Taylor an eight-month prison term, suspended for two years, Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: “All categories (of indecent images) are serious because what you are viewing is a crime scene.

“These are vulnerable young children being exploited by having these photographs taken of them and it is people like you that view them that means this type of market will continue to grow and grow.

“But rather than lock you away for a relatively short period of time, I have to look at the long term risk you pose and I believe you will be better suited on a community sex offender’s programme where you will be rehabilitated by the probation service.”

Prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, Lucky Thandi said police raided the then Randolph Road home of Taylor on April 4 last year.

She said: “The defendant was arrested and told them they would find indecent images on a memory card he had in a guitar case.

“Analysis revealed it to contain one category A image, seven category B and 33 category C.

“He stated he had been viewing them for around three years since his father passed away and told the police he was into playing online role play games with people from across the world and he had been sent the images.

“He admitted he had become involved in some sexual chat with girls and knew that some of the images he had downloaded were of underage girls.”

Taylor, now of Normanton Road, Normanton, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images.

As well as the suspended jail sentence, Judge Mooncey also handed Taylor a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed him on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.

He also ordered him to pay £425 prosecutions costs.