October 2018

No punishment for man found with indecent images of three-year-olds

A pervert caught with indecent images of children as young as three was spared jail and left court without any kind of punishment imposed.

Steven Reddall was handed a 24-month community order at Salisbury Crown Court on Monday, after previously admitting three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

The order would usually carry a punitive element, such as a fine or unpaid work, but Judge Susan Evans waived this, and said it was because she had ordered Reddall to complete 40 rehabilitation days – a larger amount than normal.

Prosecuting, Richard Wayman said Wiltshire Police visited Reddall’s address in Coronation Road, Ludgershall, in November 2017 after concerns over his search history.

Forensic tests on a computer seized from the house showed 15 indecent images of children had been downloaded between September 2016 and August 2017, and Reddall confirmed the computer was his.

Mr Wayman said the images, which included four in the most serious category (images involving penetrative sexual activity and/or sadism), showed children aged three to five-years-old.

Reddall initially told police he had downloaded the images by mistake, when trying to access adult pornography involving teenagers, and that he had deleted them when he realised they showed young children.

But police said evidence showed “deliberate searches for images portraying young children”, Mr Wayman said.

Judge Evans said: “The children depicted in these images are real children, suffering real and horrific abuse.

“You’re the market, you’re the reason why it it happens and you bear that responsibility.

“Make no mistake that this is a very serious offence.”

The sentencing guidelines for Reddall’s offending meant a minimum sentence of one year in custody could be imposed, but the judge said she wanted him to “concentrate” on his rehabilitation days.

Reddall must register as a sex offender for the next five years.