August 2018

Pervert, 26, had been collecting indecent images of children since the age of 13

A man from Ellesmere Port has been handed a three-year community order after police found images of children being sexually abused on his computer.

Steven Stuckey, 26, denied possessing and making 453 photos – of which a dozen were of the most serious category A – but was convicted after a trial.

Chester Crown Court heard today (Monday, August 13) that he had now begun to acknowledge some responsibility during conversations with probation officers.

Police officers searched his home at Belgrave Drive on November 1, 2016, and discovered 12 category A, 15 category B and 426 category C images on his computer.

He also had 6,869 prohibited images of children, including Japanese-style cartoons depicting child abuse.

The court heard he had been amassing the collection since the age of 13 or 14 and the vast majority of images required specialist software to access.

Sentencing, Judge Ahmed Nadim said the public would be better served by forcing Stuckey to receive help for his “sexually unhealthy interest in children” rather than jailing him.

As part of his community order, Stuckey must undertake 29 group sessions as part of the ‘Horizon’ programme for sex offenders as well as 10 days of rehabilitation activity.

He was also made the subject of a seven-year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), aimed at protecting youngsters, and must sign on the sex offenders register for the same duration.

The judge told him: “[The images] illustrate that you have a sexually unhealthy interest in children and arguably a sexually unhealthy disposition.

“In my judgement, the interests of society would be better served if you were to receive some counselling and training in managing your sexuality properly so as to diminish the risk of engaging in this sort of unhealthy sexual interest.”

He added: “It is of some comfort to the court that you’ve begun to acknowledge some responsibility in relation to these images.

“There is some hope that with the support of the agencies that are going to help you with regard to your very many issues, you will be able to conduct a socially responsible lifestyle.”