December 2009

Child abuse images man escapes jail sentence

A man who downloaded indecent images of children has been told by a judge he should be ashamed of himself.

Melvyn Keightley from Mastin Moor had more than 200 images, 13 of them in the most serious four and five categories, on his computer when police raided his home in May last year. ‘Ashamed’

The photographs were described as ‘disgusting’ but the 53-year-old escaped a jail sentence when the judge decided a community order would be a more appropriate punishment.

Mr Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court on Friday how Keightley’s identity was uncovered following a police operation.

When his house was searched, the images were discovered on a computer tower although Keightley denied any interest in child sexual abuse images

Judge John Burgess told Keightley: “I hope you are thoroughly ashamed of yourself. These are not victimless crimes. “Looking at indecent images of children on a computer screen means a child has been abused.

“You were looking at images of young children being abused. They are disgusting.”

Judge Burgess added that possession of category four and five images usually carried a prison sentence but he said: “I think I can make a more constructive order than sending you to prison for a few weeks.”

Keightley, of Thorpleigh Road, Mastin Moor, was given a three year community order after he admitted three offences of possessing indecent photographs of children.

He will also be subject to supervision for three years, will attend a community sex offenders group programme and will be on a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months.

Keightley will be on the sex offenders register for five years and was made the subject of a sex offenders prevention order. He was also ordered to pay £752 costs.