June 2019

Pervert, 21, caught with 1,700 child abuse images after becoming ‘attracted’ to sickening photos

Perverted Cameron Battisson downloaded 1,700 child abuse images over two years – after becoming attracted to the sickening photographs.

The 21-year-old was arrested after police executed a warrant at his Sandyford home and seized his laptop and smartphone.

Officers found 697 images at category A – the most serious, 500 at category B and 500 at C.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Battisson initially accessed the twisted websites to snare paedophiles before becoming increasingly attracted to what he saw.

An investigation also revealed the defendant had distributed the pictures to other like-minded perverts.

Now Battisson has been handed a three-year community order.

Prosecutor William Donnelly said police executed a warrant at the defendant’s Cotton Road home in July 2017.

Mr Donnelly said: “Devices were seized in particular a Dell laptop and a smartphone. As a result of what was found on the laptop he was arrested.

“When the defendant was interviewed by police following his arrest he said it began a couple of years prior when he began to explore this area of the internet.

“He says initially it was in the hope he was going to be able to snare people involved in this sort of activity but some time thereafter began to become attracted to images of these children which he had seen and began to ask others to send him photographs and he too sending photographs to them.”

Battisson, of Cotton Road, Sandyford, pleaded guilty to possessing indecent photographs of children and distributing indecent photographs of children.

Judge Paul Glenn said he didn’t accept that Battisson didn’t gain sexual gratification from the images.

He told Battisson: “I do not accept that your conduct can simply be explained by reference to the autistic spectrum disorder.

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“You do seem now to understand that these are real children being abused, being irreparably damaged for the entertainment of people who access this material and those who download this sort of material encourage the perpetrators of this vile abuse.

“It was a significant number of images, many of them moving images. The question I have to assess is the prospect for rehabilitation and there may well be and for that reason I won’t send you to prison.”

Battisson was made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. He was also ordered to pay £300 court costs