April 2018

Pervert stored indecent images of children on his computer – in a folder marked ‘Young’

A paedophile has avoided prison after he was caught with images showing young children being raped or tortured

38-year-old Gordon Quick found the images of children aged six to 12 being sexually abused while searching for adult pornography.

But instead of deleting them he stored them in a folder labelled ‘Young’.

The images were discovered when police searched his home and found indecent images at category A – the most serious – on his computer tower together with images at category C.

Now Quick has been handed a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Timothy Ashmole said police seized a computer tower when they executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home on June 27.

Mr Ashmole said: “Images were found on the computer.”

In his police interview, the defendant denied actively searching for the images. He indicated they had been accessed by an adult chat site and he moved them into folders.

Mr Ashmole added: “We concede there is no evidence of searching for child porn. We say the defendant made the images when he downloaded them, placed them in a file and retained them.”

Quick, of Lightwood Road, Longton, pleaded guilty to two offences of making indecent images of children. His pleas were on the basis he did not deliberately or knowingly download any copies of the images. When he discovered the images he filed them in a folder named ‘Young’. He knew at that point the images were indecent. He accepts he did not delete the images.

As part of the suspended sentence order, Quick must complete 100-hours unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days.

He was also handed a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

Recorder Stephen Thomas said he could suspend the sentence because of the defendant’s guilty plea; there were not many images; he did not actively search for child pornography; and they were on his computer for a relatively short period.

He told Quick: “You had six images of category A, images of the most serious nature. They are images of the penetration of children, in this case between the ages of six and 12. You should not have had images of children on your computer.”