October 2002

Paedophile Trapped By Fbi Officers

The first paedophile in Devon and Cornwall to be brought to court after a joint operation between the FBI and police forces in this country targeting Internet pornography has been jailed.

Exeter Crown Court heard that known sex offender Kevin Kilbane from Paignton was tracked down after the FBI supplied British police with details of paedophiles in this country paying for child pornography downloads from the Internet.

Police in Torquay swooped as part of Operation Ore and found downloaded pornographic images of young girls on Kilbane’s computer.

Prosecutor Anne Redrobb said Kilbane was traced because he used his credit cards to access child pornography sites on the Internet on 19 occasions. In all 57 images of naked girls aged between eight and 13 in provocative poses were found on the computer hard drive.

Kilbane was especially sought by police because he had failed to register his address with them as he was required to do as he was on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

The court heard that Kilbane had a string of previous sex offences. He also had a number of convictions for failing to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Peter Ashman, defending, said Kilbane had been frank and candid with the police. Kilbane, of Esplanade Road, Paignton pleaded guilty to five charges of making indecent images of children and asked for 52 similar offences to be considered.

Sending him to prison for six months, Judge John Neligan told Kilbane that if it were not for customers like him, pornography providers would not exist.

“The real mischief of these offences is that you are adding to the spread of this utterly revolting, disgusting and harmful trade,” he said. “If it were not for people like you there would be no persuaders and providers.

“You have a fascination for young girls and are a danger to the public.” In addition to the jail term he ordered that Kilbane be subject to extended supervision for two years after coming out of prison and that he remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.