May 2018

Paedophile caught with “deeply disturbing” pics of six-year-old boys spared jail

A paedophile caught with “deeply disturbing” pictures of six-year-old boys has walked free from court.

Robert Trigg amassed a sickening collection of child sex abuse images and used sophisticated software to try and cover his tracks.

But the 28-year-old’s crimes came to light when the National Crime Agency tipped off Merseyside Police about a photo shared online.

Liverpool Crown Court heard an Internet Protocol (IP) address led officers to Trigg’s home in Hoole Road, Woodchurch, Wirral.

Police raided the property on the morning of September 1 last year, but could not find evidence of him distributing illegal files.

However, Derek Jones, prosecuting, said they seized a tower computer and laptop hard drive containing indecent images of children

Mr Jones said: “Of some concern, on the laptop computer was some relatively sophisticated anti-forensic devices.”

Trigg initially claimed he was sent the pictures when using internet chat rooms, but later admitted seeking them out.

Mr Jones said the photos, including one video, were all of boys aged between six and 14-years-old.

Trigg admitted three counts of downloading and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

The judge, Recorder Mark Rhind said Trigg’s crimes were “deeply disturbing”, viewed as serious by “all right thinking people” and not victimless.

The judge said: “The viewing and possession of indecent photos creates an industry, an industry that exploits and abuses children all over the world – sometimes extremely young and extremely vulnerable – and exploits and abuses them in the most appalling way.”

Recorder Rhind said the offences led to real abuse of “desperate and frightened children, which causes untold damage”.

He added: “This is not some remote thing – this is real and this is happening day after day after day”.

The judge said Trigg’s actions were deliberate and he knew what he was doing was “illegal and shameful”.

He said: “You are and were a troubled young man. You spent many years suffering from depression and isolation.

“It seems likely to me you struggled to come to terms with your sexuality. You have had issues with alcohol.”

Recorder Rhind said he originally intended to jail Trigg, but had to consider the prospect of rehabilitation.

The judge said this was not just to help him but to avoid future victims and any escalation of his offending.

He handed Trigg a three-year community order, with a 60-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Recorder Rhind told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

He said: “I sincerely hope you can put this difficult and dark period of your life behind you, where you explored this evil industry.

“That’s what the sentence is meant to do. If you do not, then you will be back here.”