Pervert caught with hundreds of indecent images of children and animals

A pervert who was caught with hundreds of indecent images of children and animals has been spared a custodial sentence partly as a result of his condition.

Darren Davidson, 29, previously of Newquay but most recently of Grenville Court, St Austell, appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after previously pleading guilty to eight separate counts.

The charges included six counts of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image depicting a person having sex with a dog and one charge of voyeurism when Davidson recorded a young girl undressing without her knowledge.

Prosecuting Davidson, Phillip Lee, told the court how police first executed a search while Davidson lived in Newquay in late 2015.

Right away he admitted being in possession of the images and pointed police to relevant devices.

“Further information came to light whilst Mr Davidson was on bail that he continued to access indecent images while living at his partner’s address in St Austell,” said Mr Lee.

“More equipment was seized after a further search in summer 2016 and on this equipment police found a secret recording of a girl undressing.”

Mr Lee added that Davidson admitted getting sexual gratification from the files and some images featured children as young as three years old.

In total he was found in possession of 187 Category A – the worst possible – images, 198 Category B images, 405 Category C images and bestiality footage.

Sentencing Davidson, Judge Simon Carr said: “I appreciate as a result of Asperger’s syndrome you find it hard to emphasise the victims in these images.

“Every day tens of thousands of children around the world are systematically and repeatedly raped because of people like you.

“It is a business and if people like you didn’t view the images then the children wouldn’t be raped. If you appear before me again then I will not hesitate to impose the longest possible sentence.”

Judge Carr noted a number of aggravating features in the case including the fact that Davidson continued to offend while on bail and the sheer number of images involved.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for two years and told he will be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and must attend a special programme to address his offending.

Judge Carr also told Davidson that any computer he uses must not have its internet history deleted to allow for police inspections and that he is not allowed to reside at the same address as anyone under the age of 16.