April 2018

Man caught with indecent videos of children

A man from the district was handed a community order after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

Michael Brookes, of Fairfax Street, Haworth, was sentenced on three counts of possessing indecent videos at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

Brookes, 34, was found to have the images on his computer after police tracked an IP address to his property in September 2016.

Each count was made up of three moving images, featuring girls aged between 11 and 14.

The first count was for Category A images, the most serious grading for indecent images, the second count for Category B images which are less serious, and the third count was Category C.

Clare Walsh, for the prosecution, described to the court how Brookes had been up in court on March 27, but the matter was adjourned as it was not clear if there were more images on the computer equipment seized from Brookes by police.

She said: “All specimen images are moving images and it is not known if there are more images on the equipment.”

Miss Walsh continued, saying Brookes admitted to regularly accessing a website and downloading images of 11 to 18-year-old girls.

“He knew and admitted what he was doing was wrong and has no previous convictions, only receiving a caution for an unrelated offence in 2003,” she added.

In mitigation, Stephen Wood asked for a sexual harm prevention order to limit the use of the internet unless the device being used is being monitored by police, can retain a history of websites visited, and is made available to police on request.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, Recorder of Bradford, agreed with the terms of the order.

Sentencing Brookes, who sat in the dock wearing his hair in a ponytail, glasses, and a black coat, Mr Durham Hall pointed to the wider consequences of Brookes’ actions.

Mr Durham Hall said: “He needs to understand that behind every image there is a victim.

“He had accessed legitimate, grown-up porn before, but this is not accidental, it was deliberate.

“His fascination was also met with a deal of self-loathing, it was really out of character.”

Brookes was handed a two year community order.

The order includes at least 90 days of sexual rehabilitation, and other rehabilitation orders.

He has also been made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years.