A court has heard how a Staffordshire man was caught downloading images of child abuse for a second time after moving to the North Wales Coast.
David Stevens moved from Silverdale, near Newcastle Under Lyme, to his parents’ home in Llanddulas after he was convicted of obtaining hundreds of indecent images. The 26 year-old admitted four further charges of making and possessing images.
Caernrfon Crown Court heard Stevens had appeared before a judge at Stoke in July and given a three year community order. But when police raided his new home three months later, they discovered 260 pictures on a laptop his father owned.
Prosecutors said his family had tried to stop Stevens from going online after he moved. He was only allowed to use his mother’s tablet when she was in the room – but he had been tempted to seek out the material which got into material, while his parents and his wife were not at home.
In May 2014, Staffordshire Police found hundreds of indecent images on three laptops and a desktop computer. Stevens had claimed he had accidentally downloaded the pictures while trying to find music, but further analysis found he had used internet search terms to find images of child abuse.
The defence appealed for Stevens’ community order to continue to ensure it has a real effect. Judge Huw Rees told him that although it would be ”easy and justifiable” to send him to jail, it would have affected what work was being done to prevent his ”vile” behaviour.
Stevens’ 12-month prison term was suspended for two years. He was also given a sexual harm prevention order for five years and will remain on the sex offenders’ register for ten years. He was also warned that he may be jailed if he does not comply with the community order.
Source: Stoke Sentinel