June 2018

Frome man who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children is given suspended sentence

A Frome man who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children from the internet has been sentenced to 16 months, suspended for two years.

Paul Michael Collier viewed the images over an 11 month period, but when the police discovered what he had done he was arrested and charged with the offences.

Collier, 59, of Linnet Way, Frome, pleaded guilty that between January 1, 2017 and December 7, 2017 at Frome he made 59 indecent photographs of children which were categorised in the most serious Category A of similar images.

He also admitted two further similar offences relating to the downloading of 89 indecent images in Category B and 242 in Category C when he appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.

After hearing evidence in the case the magistrates said the case was so serious that they did not feel they adequate powers of sentencing.

As a result they ordered the defendant to be committed to Taunton Crown Court for sentence and ordered a pre sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service.

In addition to the sentence, Collier was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for a period of 10 years in addition to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order also for 10 years.

He was also ordered to serve a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement for 30 days.