July 2009

Pervert jailed over ‘abhorrent’ child porn

A 35-year-old Bath man has been sentenced to two years in prison after he was caught more than 1,600 images and nearly 1,000 indecent movies of children on his computer.

Pervert Julian Oliver was caught after an undercover policewoman on the other side of the world posed as a teenage girl.

The 36-year-old has also been banned from any future contact with children after he pleaded guilty to 22 charges of making indecent images, one charge of distributing images, two charges of having the photographs and one charge of incitement to engage a child in sexual activity.

Richard Posner, prosecuting, said indecent images and videos had been found on Oliver’s home computer after police searched his house in Rivers Street.

The operation was sparked by an online conversation between Oliver and an undercover Australian police officer on the internet who had been posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Mr Posner said Oliver had told the police officer, who was proactively looking for such perverts, that he was a 28-year-old paramedic who had been dating a 14-year-old girl since she was 10.

He said: “He made enquiries as to what she looked like and even though she was only 13 he asked her if she liked sex.

“He suggested he would like to see more of her and tried to get her to obtain a webcam.”

Mr Posner also described how Oliver had suggested to what he thought was the young girl that he thought she would look good naked and also sent several indecent images to her.

As a result of the conversations Oliver had been having on a social networking site, Australian police contacted the Avon and Somerset force, which later carried out a search warrant on his house on August 13, 2008.

Officers found 937 indecent movies of children and 1,668 photographs on a computer, a hard drive and a CD all belonging to the defendant and he was later arrested.

Mr Posner said: “This defendant is an internet predator and he is a danger to children on the internet.

“It is necessary for the police to have a controlling influence in any way they can in motoring this defendant’s internet usage.”

Brendon Moorhouse, defending, said Oliver had accepted he had a problem with accessing lewd images of children on the internet.

But Mr Moorhouse said his client had gone to seek help from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which works to reduce the risk of children being sexually abused.

Mr Moorhouse said although some of the material found was of a disturbing nature, the images sent to the police officer online were not as bad as they could have been.

He said: “A lot of people try and fight this kind of conviction but he has accepted what he has done.

“He is prepared to say what he feels he has done and take his consequences.”

Sentencing Oliver at Bristol Crown Court today, Judge Michael Roach described the images as ‘abhorrent’.

He said to Oliver: “There is nothing that can otherwise be said about them.

“You have pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and you will receive full credit for that.”

He said the seriousness of the case was made worse by the fact Oliver had distributed the images.

Oliver will be placed on the sexual offenders register for 10 years and was also given a sexual offences prevention order which bans him from contacting or befriending anyone under 16 for the rest of his life.

A police spokeswoman said: “The police are pleased with the conviction and sentence relating to Oliver.

“This incident clearly identifies the potential dangers of computers being used by predatory offenders aiming to groom children and vulnerable people for sexual activity.”

The police in Bath and North East Somerset have been working closely with the council and with B&NES Local Safeguarding Children’s Board to promote internet safety throughout schools in the area.

Headteachers have been provided with information to promote the safe use of computers within the school and at home.

Training days have also been taking place advising parents about safe computer use for their children.