September 2018

Pervert sentenced for viewing and distributing indecent image of children

A judge has branded a man who viewed hundreds of indecent images of young girls “a pervert” and told him he hopes he has nightmares.

Peter Mylchreest claimed he only looked at the photos on his computer in an attempt to attract “flattery” from other men.

Mylchreest, 60, of The Cottage, Ashbrittle, masqueraded online as a fictitious teenage girl called Chloe Flowers, using the photo of the teenage daughter of family friends on his account.

Emma Martin, prosecuting, told a sentencing hearing at Taunton Crown Court that he download 799 indecent images of six to 12-year-olds between September 2014 and May 2017, although he only stored 168 of them.

He also uploaded 11 indecent images of children between August and October 2016.

Judge David Ticehurst jailed Mylchreest, who pleaded guilty to all offences, for a total of nine months for three counts of possession of indecent images of children and three months (consecutive) for distributing indecent photos. The sentences were suspended for 12 months.

He will also be subject to a 12-month supervision order and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years, as well as being on the Sex Offenders Registrar for ten years.

He was ordered to pay £500 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

The judge told him: “If it weren’t for people like you prepared to look at these images, there wouldn’t be abuse of little children.

“You had a happy childhood and got on well with your (late) parents. It’s a blessing they aren’t here and don’t know their son has now been convicted of offences committed by paedophiles and perverts.

“You have derived pleasure from looking at pictures of young children being sexually abused.

“You’re a pervert. You’re a paedophile.”

He added that he hopes Mylchreest has “similar nightmares” to the abused children in the photos he downloaded.