October 2018

Ban for youth football organiser who downloaded child abuse images

The secretary of a youth football club has been barred from working with children after he downloaded images and movies showing serious child sexual abuse.

David Filer resigned from his voluntary post at South Molton Football Club after police raided his home and seized memory sticks containing hundreds of images.

He had downloaded them from the internet before he started working at the club and stopped accessing them as a result of the safeguarding training he received.

Filer, aged 53, of North Road, South Molton, admitted three counts of making indecent images and was ordered to attend a sex offenders treatment programme and 20 days of rehabilitation activities by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for five years and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period.

The judge told him that his conviction and registration as a sex offender will be notified to the Disclosure and Barring Service, preventing him working with children in the future.

He told Filer: “You readily admitted your responsibility in police interviews and said becoming involved with the youth section of South Molton Football Club helped you desist from your activities.”

He criticised the 16-month delay between the search of Filer’s home and in bringing the case.

He said it was unacceptable and said those investigating and prosecuting the offence may need to be better resourced.

Rachel Drake, prosecuting, said police raided Filer’s home in 2017 and seized computers and memory sticks containing 281 images and 55 movies.

These included 87 stills and 39 movies in the worst category, depicting children as young as four or five suffering serious abuse by adults.

He has lost his job as a result of his arrest and is now doing agency work in Barnstaple.



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