March 2019

Retired music teacher caught with 100’s of child sex abuse videos told police: ‘I’m attracted to kids’

A retired music teacher who stashed hundreds of child sex abuse videos onto a hard drive for more than a decade told police officers when he was caught: “I’m sexually attracted to children.”

Paedophile Alan Bowry, of Lyall Place in Farnham, admitted to police officers that he was “sexually attracted” to the content and had searched for specific terms online such as “pre-teens”.

He was a freelance music teacher to adults, and his job role did not involve interaction with children.

The 71-year-old appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday (March 13) to be sentenced for six counts of making indecent images and videos of children and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

But a judge spared him jail, and instead gave him a community order.

Bowry had previously pleaded guilty to the charges, with the offences spanning over an 11 year period from April 2007 to August 2018.

More than 500 videos and images of child sexual abuse were downloaded and then stored onto hard drives by Bowry.

Police carried out a search warrant of his property in December 2018.

Officers found 205 videos and seven still images showing abuse of children in the most serious Category A level, 242 videos and 32 still images in Category B, and a further 99 videos and 23 still images in Category C.

Prosecutor Charles Royal told the court: “He said he was sexually attracted and that he had masturbated to some of the movies, but said he didn’t do that anymore.”

Mr Royal continued to say that Bowry’s actions represented a “curated collection”.

When sentencing, Judge Jonathan Black reminded Bowry of the suffering endured by victims of child sexual abuse.

He said: “They will know that they cannot remove those images from the internet and that they will be there for the rest of their lives.”

Bowry was handed a community order for a period of 18 months, with 30 hours of rehabilitation activity and 100 hours of unpaid.

He has also been given a five year sexual harm prevention order and will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.