Febuary 2009

Paedophile is spared jail to get treatment

A 55-YEAR-OLD man who downloaded pornographic pictures of children has been spared a prison sentence – so he can receive treatment.

Police found 235 indecent images of children on a computer, floppy discs, CDs and a memory stick belonging to Raymond Bennett.

Judge Robert Brown told the Chaddesden man he deserved to be sent to prison but that would mean he would not receive the treatment he needed.

Giving Bennett a community order, with a three-year supervision requirement, Judge Brown said: “You are less of a risk in society when you’ve been treated. Anything other than a three-year community order will not permit the probation service to have you in their care for long enough to complete the programme in full.”

Bennett will have to attend a programme for sexual offenders. A report by the probation service said Bennett posed “a high risk of harm to children”.

Derby Crown Court heard that police seized Bennett’s computer after arresting him on October 2 last year on an unrelated matter for which he was later released without charge.

Dominic Shelley, prosecuting, said police found 186 images of the lowest indecency rating; 16 of category two; six of category three and 27 of category four. The highest rating is category five.

Keith Raynor, in mitigation, said Bennett had been honest with the probation service and stated that his motivation had been sexual.

Bennett, of Moray Walk, admitted seven charges of possessing indecent photographs of children. He was ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work, sign the sexual offenders’ register and comply with a prevention order, which includes not going within 50m of a school or nursery or working with children.