July 2018

Chef, 27, downloaded child abuse images and took secret pictures of teenage girls

A chef walked around Portishead taking covert snaps of teenage girls’ bottoms.

Richard Miller came to Avon and Somerset police’s attention after authorities in the USA alerted them that he had downloaded child abuse images.

When police examined his computer and mobile phone they found a small number of abuse images as well as a gallery of 19 teenage girls’ backsides taken in his town.

Miller, 27, of High Street, Portishead, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs.

Though there was evidence of “trading” downloaded images he was not charged for distribution or his the pictures he had taken.

Judge Mark Horton handed him a nine months jail term, suspended for two years.

He told Miller: “Society is becoming increasingly horrified by the ever increasing large number of young men of your sort of age who in the outside world present as men of honour and integrity, with strong family values, who conceal the dark secret.

“You choose to sit in dark rooms, looking at a computer, in order to seek quite deliberately photographs and files which depict the most appalling sexual abuse of young children.”

The judge ordered Miller to be supervised for two years, undergo up to 45 days’ rehabilitation and register as a sex offender for ten years.

He was barred from working with vulnerable adults and children and handed a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to prevent him from re-offending.

Miller declined to comment as he left court.

Catherine Flint, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court Miller was found with 11 child abuse images of girls aged nine to 11.

A video and still image were deemed to be in most serious abuse Category A, while two stills were in Category B and eight stills in Category C.

Miller admitted viewing adult porn and being sent a child abuse image, which prompted his offending.

Miss Flint said: “Some pictures were found on his phone, taken by him, of teenage girls he had taken in Portishead.

“He is not charged with these, it is not an offence.

“He was focusing on bottoms and they were taken covertly.”