2017

Pervert used photo editing software to superimpose the faces of local children onto pornographic images

A paedophile who used photo editing software to superimpose the faces of local children onto pornographic images was spared a jail sentence.

Police officers visited the house of Frederick Jose, 73, of Guildford Road in Hayle, whilst investigating another matter and found computer equipment whilst looking in his shed.

Jose appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced having previously pleaded guilty of three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

The court heard how Jose was in possession of 10 Category A images, two Category B images and 15 Category C images.

Prosecutor Deni Mathews told the court how during interview Jose told the police that he had constructed the images by superimposing the images of the children’s faces onto the bodies of adults, some of whom were being penetrated in the photograph.

Further investigations revealed that some of the children’s faces were those of local youngsters and he also had recordings of people passing by his property, including two children kissing.

Sentencing Jose, Judge Robert Linford said: “You used regularly obtained images of children and superimposed them onto regular images of adult consensual activity.

“I have no doubt whatsoever you did this for your own sexual purposes regardless of what you say.”

Jose was handed a eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years, issued a 25 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.