October 2007

Paedophile postman jailed

A postman who claimed he was trying to track down paedophiles by downloading 1,700 indecent pictures of children has been jailed for two and a half years at Worcester Crown Court.

Wayne Gregory said he carried out his research over a two-year period and he had sent two anonymous letters to police naming suspects.

But after a trial of issue during which 39-year-old Gregory and his 28-year-old girlfriend gave evidence, Judge Alistair McCreath said his account defied logic and commonsense. He concluded it was bizarre, incredible and untrue.

Gregory, of Northwick House, Coopers Lane, Evesham, had pleaded guilty(admit) to 26 charges of possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The judge made an indefinite sexual offences prevention order forbidding Gregory from using electronic media to access websites containing images of children.

He also ordered Gregory to register as a sex offender for life, disqaualified him from working with children for ever and ordered him to notify police if ever he moved address.

Gregory, a man of no previous convictions, was arrested when police raided his flat on March 22, said Andrew Evans, prosecuting. They identified 1,700 images which had been downloaded between June 2005 and March this year. There were also 11 emails which had been sent to other users of porn sites.

When Gregory took the witness box, he said his research had been sparked when he learned how a seven-year-old girl had been sexually abused but the culprit had never been prosecuted. By posing as a paedophile, he hoped to lure the abuser into the open by entering his profile on a website – his age, location but not his name.

After six months, he came across someone who “fitted the bill” and sent the particulars to police in an anonymous letter. He heard that the man had later been attacked. The following year, he sent another anonymous letter to police in Herefordshire.

Cross-examined by Mr Evans about the emails, he said that he felt the recipients were paedophiles masquerading as children. He denied that he had invented a cover story to hide his interest in pornography.

Mr Williams said Gregory, who had been in custody for three months, maintained the account of his actions was correct.

But the judge said Gregory had used the material for his own sexual gratification and had committed a vile crime. There had been dreadful images of children suffering sexual abuse and these had been sent out to other paedophiles.