August 2018

Man who claimed he had indecent images by accident avoids jail

A Smethwick man who downloaded sickening indecent images of children has avoided spending time behind bars.

Mark Shaw maintained after his arrest he came upon the images on his computer by accident but Judge Peter Barrie told him it was important he gave up the “fairy stories.”

At Wolverhampton Crown Court the judge told the 49-year-old he had serious reservations about his story but said he accepted that while the number of images he had downloaded was significant it was not as big as those involved in other cases that came before the courts.

He said Shaw, a man of previous good character, had been caught with around 140 images including 70 in category A which was the most serious category.

Shaw, he went on, had devices on his computer to help clear up the images and also to avoid detection but he ruled it was more important for him to receive rehabilitation that to go to prison for a short period.

The judge said: “Rehabilitation will help you put this kind of behaviour behind you. This is the way forward to prevent further offending by you in the future.”

Shaw of Smethwick, admitted three charges of making indecent images of children and was given a 12 month Community Order and told to carry out 120 hours unpaid work.

He was further told he must register as a sex offender for five years and made the subject of a five year Sexual Harm Protection Order.

David Jackson, prosecuting, said police officers went to Shaw’s home and seized computer equipment and when examined the indecent images were found to involve children aged between eight and 14.

When questioned Shaw said he became curious after coming upon the images by accident and “something inside him broke”.

He said he wanted to report the images to the police but he became frightened however Mr Jackson said there was clear evidence of deliberate searching.