July 2018

Jersey man sentenced for 7 years for possessing 45,000 indecent images of children

A convicted paedophile who breached restrictions on the sex offenders register by having more than 45,000 indecent images of children, has been sentenced to seven years in jail.

Jeremy Thomas Bourke kept the images on a number of devices including a PlayStation 4 games console.

The 42 year old admitted four counts of making the images of children under the age of 16 between 2011 and 2017.

He also admitted two counts of breaching sex offender restraining orders imposed in 2012, by installing software which hides internet searches as well as not handing over a device which contained 42,231 indecent images of children.

The files included indecent images of a girl aged around three years old and nursery-aged children who were bound and gagged.

In sentencing at Jersey’s Royal Court, Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith, said it was one of the most serious cases concerning indecent images of children to come before the court.

A restraining order has also been imposed for 15 years.

November 2012

15,000 indecent images of children

An IT technician from a law firm has been jailed for three years after police found thousands of indecent images and hundreds of indecent videos of children on his home computer.

When police raided the home of Jeremy Bourke (36) on 21 February they found nearly 15,000 indecent images of children on various hard drives and 370 video files.

The Royal Court heard on Friday that the defendant – who worked as an IT technician at Appleby – immediately showed officers the computer hard drives where he had saved some indecent images and videos of the most serious category over the previous five years.

The files included indecent images of a girl aged around three years old and nursery-aged children who were bound and gagged.

Crown Advocate Conrad Yates said that Bourke had told police officers that he did not consider himself a paedophile and had completely denied any ‘contact’ offences against children, or being attracted to children.