January 2019

Derbyshire microbrewery man admits downloading over 20,000 child sexual abuse images and movies

Pictured is Alun Waterhouse, 48, of Spencer Street, Chesterfield, who has been given a suspended prison sentence after he was caught downloading child pornography.

A paedophile has been slated by a judge for helping to create a market where children as young as six-years-old are being sexually abused.

Derby Crown Court heard on Wednesday, January 23, how Alun Waterhouse, 48, who has been involved with the award-winning Chesterfield Alehouse, on West Bars, was caught having downloaded over 20,000 indecent images of children.

Prosecuting barrister Ms Eddie Leonard said: “These offences came to light as a result of information received by police in relation to the internet address being used by this defendant and being able to share with peer-to-peer groups.

“They attended his home address on Spencer Street, Chesterfield, on June 19, last year, and spoke to the defendant.” Waterhouse fully admitted the offences after he was arrested and his home was searched and computer devices were seized.

The defendant, of Spencer Street, Chesterfield, told police he had been downloading internet images of children for the past ten years.

He added the images would pop up when he was looking for adult pornography and then he searched for images and stored them on his computer.

Ms Leonard said there were ten images and 50 movies of category A, 116 images and 38 movies of category B, and 24,496 images and 49 movies of category C.

The category A matters included youngsters aged between six to 14, and the category B matters included 10 to 13-year-olds, and the category C matters included youngsters aged between 12 and 14.

Waterhouse, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of children with charges officially spanning between November, 2012, and June, 2018.

Waterhouse was sentenced to 16 months of custody suspended for two years with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 160 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and was told a victim surcharge would also apply.

Recorder Evans warned Waterhouse that if he fails to comply with his suspended sentence he will be sent to prison. Waterhouse was also made subject to a ten-year Sexual Offences Protection Order.