Carlton man had indecent images on his laptop of girls being raped
A judge asked “how can anybody look at that for a second?”as he sentenced a defendant for having indecent images on his laptop of young girls being raped.
Judge Stuart Rafferty QC was speaking to John Spendlove who had pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children.
“How can anybody pretend those children are not real people or those children are not in fear and not in pain?” he said.
“Their lives, in the normal sense, have just come to an end early for the gratification for the people who are filming them and abusing them directly, and for the gratification for people like you.
“It’s a problem which is growing to epidemic proportions and is something that always gives the court the greatest degree of concern”.
Spendlove’s Acer laptop had a computer cleaning programme installed which would have effectively wiped his internet history.
But his browser history did reveal a clear interest in viewing pornographic images of teenagers, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
“He denied being sexually aroused by the images”, said Alan Murphy, prosecuting.
Police searched the defendant’s address on October 4, 2018, and images were found on two laptops.
Mr Murphy said: “In interview he said there may be images of 16 year olds, possibly naked on his computer, and there may be searches for ‘pre-teen’, because he wanted to view adults who looked young”.
Police found four images of girls, some of whom were being raped, between the ages of 11 and 13 years, and in the most serious Category A.
Six were in Category B and 20 in Category C.
In a further police interview, Spendlove, of Cavendish Road, Carlton, said he must have been responsible for downloading the images but thought they were deleted.
The 61-year-old is now on a three-year community order, must complete 30 rehabilitation activity days and go on a course which “will require you to be brutally frank with yourself”, said the judge.
Spendlove – who had never been in trouble before – will sign the sex offenders’ register and be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.