March 2018

Pervert had 25,000 child abuse photos and movies – but isn’t jailed

A marine engineer has walked free from court with a suspended prison sentence – after being caught with almost 25,000 indecent images of children.

David Evans, of Napton Road, Southam, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of making indecent images of children.

The 64-year-old was sentenced to 18 months in prison suspended for two years and told he must register as a sex offender for 10 years at the court on Thursday, March 22.

A sexual harm prevention order was also made restricting his use of internet-capable devices.

Police attended Evans’ home in November last year after receiving information about his internet use, prosecutor Andrew Hope told the court.

They seized computers and other devices, on which a total of 24,948 indecent images of children, mostly of pre-pubescent girls, were subsequently found.

And Mr Hope observed that almost all were ‘accessible to the average computer user’.

Most seriously, there were 47 movies and 136 stills classed as being in category A, the most vile type of abuse.

There were a further 107 stills and one movie in category B.

And there were a massive 24,651 stills and six movies in category C, showing children in naked or indecent poses.

Sentencing Evans, Recorder Rebecca Herbert told him: “You have pleaded guilty to three matters involving making indecent photographs of children. You had deliberately accessed this material.

“These are real children who are being abused so you can engage in your fantasy.

“Make no mistake, what you have done is not a victimless offence. Young children are abused to feed the appetites of people like you.

“However, I must also take into account the mitigating features. You are now 64 and have never been in trouble before, let alone for anything of this type.”

Evans was also ordered to take part in a rehabilitation activity and complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £535 costs.