September 2018

Pervert, 54, had hundreds of illegal images of children on his computer

A sex offender labelled “disgusting” by a judge was found with almost 400 illegal images of children and animals on his devices.

Bradford Crown Court heard Paul Short, 54, of Kettlewell Drive, Bradford, had 46 of the most serious images on his computer and a further 220 photographs, which fell into other illegal categories, when it was searched by police.

Officers also found 112 sexual images of people and animals.

Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, said Short shared two images of children on the video phone call service, Skype, with other paedophiles.

Mr Nicholson told the court: “The defendant was interviewed and denied this to begin with, but went on to accept he had these images on his computer.

Short pleaded guilty to one count of distributing indecent images of children and another of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Recorder Anthony Hawks sentenced short to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and a 40 hour Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He also ordered Short to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

He told Short: “You’re 54 years of age and so far as the criminal law is concerned, you are a man of previous good character.

“However, anybody who has sat and listened to this case against you would realise you are not a man of good character.

“You have behaved in a disgusting and perverted way because I have to deal with you for offences of possessing indecent images of children.

“You also had 112 images..

“You may well say to me ‘what difference does it make?’ and ‘what harm have I done because I didn’t make these images, I just looked at them?’

“You will have to consider that children, adults and all sorts of people are seriously and permanently damaged in the creation of these sorts of images.

“If there weren’t people like you who wanted to look at them then the market would be finished.

“I have looked at the sentencing guidelines and you couldn’t have complained if I had sent you to prison.”

The judge told Short he hoped he found the rehabilitation “extremely uncomfortable” and to co-operate fully with the Probation Service in order to get the help he needs.