October 2018

Man sentenced for sharing indecent images of children

A pervert who described himself as “socially isolated”shared indecent images of children as a means of connecting with ladies.

Peter Beaumont, 67, of Lambert Place, Undercliffe, Bradford, admitted to Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court to five counts of possessing child sexual abuse images and appeared at Bradford Crown Court for sentencing.

Prosecuting, Martin Robertshaw said 12 images dated December 4, 2017, were in the more serious category A, 12 in category B, 48 in category C and 11 borderline. Among the evidence were five moving images.

The latter four charges were all dated April 13, 2017.

One of the five charges included the distribution of a category C photograph

Mr Robertshaw said the evidence came to light on September 5 last year when police, acting on information received, executed a warrant at the defendant’s home where he lived alone.

Electrical items including a mobile phone were seized and analysed and 83 indecent images of children found. The ages of the children ranged from a toddler of two or three years of age, to other children aged between five and 15, both male and female.

Beaumont had also forwarded a category C image to a lady friend called Kim who was part of a chat group he was in.

He was arrested by police on September 5 and interviewed on two separate occasions and admitted the charges.

Mr Robertshaw said: “He knew it was illegal to share the images and said he had shared them as a means to try and make contact and speak to people because he felt socially awkward and isolated.

“He denies any attraction to young children and is distressed and ashamed of what he had done. He had used the images as a means of engaging contact with ladies over the computer system.”

The judge, Recorder Alistair Macdonald QC said: “I accept that you have pleaded guilty to these charges and have shown remorse. What you have done is thoroughly reprehensible and you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.”

He was handed a six month prison sentence for each count to run concurrently and suspended for two years with a rehabilitation requirement. He was also made part of a sexual harm prevention order for seven years and ordered to pay a victim impact surcharge.