Pervert who claimed he downloaded child abuse images ‘by accident’ found guilty – Mirror.co.uk
A pervert who claimed he ‘got into viewing child sex abuse images by accident’ has been found guilty.
Craig Williams downloaded 139 indecent images of children including adults raping infants.
The 37-year-old was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his home in Porthill, Staffordshire, and seized his mobile phone which contained the photos on November 1, 2018.
The pictures were downloaded between December, 2017 and September, 2018 and the ages of the children in the images ranged from three to 14.
He claimed he viewed the indecent images ‘almost accidentally’ when he was downloading music and films, a court heard.
But the court was told he then ‘became curious and started searching,’ Stoke on Trent Live reports.
Williams has pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children.
The dad-of-two has been handed a three-year community order at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Brian McKenna said: “Police had intelligence that indecent images of children were being uploaded from that address.
“The defendant immediately indicated he was the one to be spoken to. He was arrested.”
Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant admits he had an addiction to pornography which led to him looking at the explicit images.
Mr Holt said: “He tells me he got into viewing these illicit images almost accidentally.
“He was downloading music and films but he accepts once the images came up he became curious and started searching.
“There are relatively low numbers over a relatively long period of time.”
As part of the community order, Williams must complete a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
He is now on the Sex Offenders’ Register and subject to a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Judge Paul Glenn told Williams: “These were images of real children being abused, almost certainly irreparably damaged, for the entertainment of people like you.
“And people such as you who view that vile material encourage those who perpetrate the abuse. Some of the children were very young.
“I am sceptical the images were accidentally downloaded but I accept it is possible you may have received pop-up images. But thereafter you accept searching for images.
“You claim to have no sexual interest in children. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen that contended by people charged with these offences.
“It is difficult to view that contention as having any credibility at all. I accept you are ashamed and remorseful.
“The reality is any prison sentence would be relatively short and you would serve no more than half, you would lose your job and the stability that brings.
“I think there is a real prospect of rehabilitation. I think that is more in the public interest.”
The defendant must also pay £1,200 costs.