May 2019

Oakwood pervert had sick child abuse images

A pervert from Derby downloaded and viewed sick child abuse images for his own sexual gratification.

Police found movies and still pictures of all three categories when they raided the Oakwood home of Matthew Palmer.

The 25-year-old fully admitted he had deliberately searched the internet for them but is now seeking psychological treatment to help him address his offending.

Judge Shaun Smith QC handed Palmer a three-year community order during which he will attend an accredited sex offenders’ programme for 90 days.

He said: “It is very often said by defendants there are not any victims in cases like this.

“Of course there are victims, people in these pictures are victims and by viewing them you are contributing to the exploitation and abuse of young children.

“But I am fully satisfied there is a very real prospect of rehabilitation for you.”

Lucy Jones prosecuting, said police became aware that an internet protocol (IP) linked to Palmer was being used to download indecent images of children.

She said at 6.30am on June 18 last year police raided his home in Prestbury Close and carried out a search of the property.

Miss Jones said electronic devices were seized and analysed and on them a total of 11 child abuse images were found, including two movies of the most serious category A which typically depict young children of both sexes engaged in sexual activity with adults.

She said: “The author of the report places the defendant’s activity between 2015 and 2018 and in interview he admitted the offences.”

Palmer pleaded guilty to charges of downloading indecent images of children.

Judge Smith asked Dale Harris, Palmer’s barrister: “What’s he up to with these images of young children?”

Mr Harris replied: “He was extremely candid with the police and the probation service.

“He made full admissions at the time and in interview and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity at the lower court.

As well as the community order, Palmer was ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and was placed on the sex offender’s register for five years.

He was also handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order.