May 2018

Former Navy officer downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children is jailed for three years

A Tintinhull man who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children – including babies being seriously sexually abused – has been jailed for three years.

George Scott Tweedie – a former Chief Petty Officer in the Navy – committed the offences over a nine month period and was found to have been accessing a large number of photographs and movies spanning all three categories of seriousness.

The 57-year-old defendant, of Church Street, appeared in the dock before Judge David Ticehurst at Taunton Crown Court.

He admitted that between July 28, 2016 and April 4, 2017 at Martock he made 113 images and seven indecent movies of a child in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two similar offences involving the making of a quantity of indecent images of a child in Category B and 598 indecent images of a child in Category C.

He also pleaded guilty to have distributed three of the Category A images, three in Category B and 14 from Category C between March 1-24 last year, and being in possession of a prohibited image of a child on April 6, 2017.

Prosecuting, Harry Ahuja said police had received information that someone using an IP address linked to Tweedie had uploaded an indecent image of a seven-year-old girl onto a website.

“A warrant was issued and police went to his home on April 6, searching his house and seizing a number of devices. The images were found on a laptop and two hard drives,” he said.

“They were mostly of young girls, but there were images of babies between 18 months and 24 months being seriously sexually abused.

“The images had been organised into collections, and were hidden in files to prevent family members from stumbling across them. He had also used Skype to distribute some images to other people online.”

Sentencing, Judge David Ticehurst said: ” One of your children has just had a son. How would you feel if that little boy appeared in one of the videos that turned you on? His life would be destroyed. He would be psychologically damaged.

“The images you were viewing were horrific. To think that adults could do that to another human being – to a child – is beyond comprehension. And not content with just looking at those images and videos, you chose to share them with other like-minded individuals.”

The judge handed down a combined sentence of three years in prison, and ordered the computer equipment be forfeit.

He also made Tweedie the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and he will be on the sex offender’s register for the rest of his life.

He will also have to pay a £140 victim surcharge.

 

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