February 2018

Paedophile found with 200,000 indecent images of children hands himself in

A MAN found with more than 200,000 indecent images of children is behind bars.

Jeffrey Bouquet was originally handed a suspended sentence when officers raided his home to find the vast number of photographs.

However, just four months after this sentence the 48-year-old contacted his offender manager to say he “accidentally clicked on a link” that took him to an prohibited site.

After handing himself in, officers checked his devices again and found more indecent images of children.

Southampton Crown Court heard Bouquet was found to have one category B image and 59 category C images when he was arrested last September.

Prosecutor Lucy Conroy told the court that the images had been downloaded from website such as Tumblr. She said: “An offender manager was contacted by Bouquet who stated he clicked on a website that could be bad and that he should not have clicked on.“It was decided that he should come into the police station and bring his phone to be examined – to see if the site was prohibited.”Miss Conroy added: “In his search history there were some searches for items such as ‘teen girl’ and the images that were found.”

Originally, Bouquet was sentenced after he was found to have 200,000 indecent images of children in April.

The court heard that along with that conviction, Bouquet had also received similar cautions for offences in 2001 and 2007.

Mitigating, Guy Draper told that court that Bouquet “accidentally clicked on the link” and handed himself in to help with the operation.

He said: “Bouquet had been viewing lawful material when the link appeared on his screen and he clicked on to it.

“It took him to indecent images.”

Mr Draper added that since Bouquet was given the suspended sentence he had completed 150 hours of unpaid work and had made good progress in his appointments with probation.

Recorder Jane Rowley said Bouquet’s first sentence could be “considered lenient” and that in sending him to prison she was giving a message to other people like Bouquet who continue to offend.

Bouquet, of Albert Road South, Southampton, pleaded guilty to possessing category B and C images and was sentenced to 16 months jail.

He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.