May 2018

Cirencester man avoids jail for possessing indecent images

A FORMER solider who admitted to having indecent images of a child avoided jail yesterday.

Ambulance worker and part time firefighter, 48-year-old Desmond Moore, from Cirencester, pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to making indecent images of children over a period of nearly four years.

Moore was sentenced to an 18 month community order with 30 days of rehabilitation activities and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £485 in court costs and surcharges, and will have to sign the sex offender register for five years.

A prosecutor told the court that seven illegal images were found on a tablet seized from his address in August 2017.

Images found were classified as Category C, the least serious types and involved “no specific nudity”.

The prosecutor confirmed that Moore had no previous convictions and that a sexual harm prevention order was not requested by the prosecution.

Sentencing Moore, the judge noted that his former commanding officer had spoken very highly of him.

He had also been passed an impeccable discharge note from the army about Moore.

Moore’s lawyer said he had clearly been of service to others, and to his country and added that Moore didn’t view the offences as minor.

Addressing Moore directly the judge said: “Do you have any real proper appreciation that you and others are perpetuating to a constant cycle of suffering to very young children?”

Moore replied “Yes sir.”

The court heard that the case had had far reaching consequences already as Moore had been ‘effectively sacked’ as a retained firefighter as well as being suspended from the ambulance service.

Summarising, the judge said that he hoped the ‘public humiliation and destruction of much of your life’ would be a lesson to Moore.

“I hope this sentence will ensure this never happens again,” the judge concluded.