March 2018

Man who spent years viewing indecent images of young girls ordered to sign sex offenders register

A Street man who spent years looking at indecent images of children, expressing a preference for young girls aged 11 -13, has been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

Edward Ginzler confessed to police he had first sought the images out of curiosity, but when he realised how easy it was to access them, continued to download them from the internet.

The 50-year-old defendant, of Deerswood Gardens, pleaded guilty to a charge that between July 29, 2011 and November 16, 2016 at Glastonbury he made nine of the most serious Category A images of a child.

He also admitted two further similar charges between the same dates involving the making of 16 indecent photographs of children in Category B and a further 40 indecent images on Category C.

Prosecutor Emma Lenanton told Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil, that the charges spanned a five year period and came to light after police attended the defendant’s address where he lived with his partner.

“The police had received information in relation to an IP address linked to Ginzler’s address for the downloading of indecent images of children,” she said.

“Three hard drives were seized and when examined were found to contain the images referred to in the charges and the defendant was arrested and later interviewed.

“He said he was mainly looking at images of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 and had conducted this behaviour over a period of about 10 years, although the charges only cover half of that time.”

She added that Ginzler would now have to sign the Sex Offenders Register and would be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order following sentence.

The magistrates adjourned the case against the defendant for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service.

They ordered him to return to the court on April 5 when he will be sentenced although they did not rule out the next Bench committing him to the crown court for sentence if they felt they did not have adequate sentencing powers.

Until his next court appearance Ginzler was released on unconditional bail.