June 2019

Falmouth paedophile, downloaded thousands of child sexual abuse images

A Falmouth paedophile downloaded thousands of sickening images of young children, sharing some of them online.

Jordan Peter Ronald Ferris, 23, of Longfield, was found with a huge quantity of disturbing material on a laptop and hard drive.

Some of this material included internet searches for children’s swimming lesson times at a nearby leisure centre.

After police confiscated Ferris’ laptop, he bought himself another one and started talking to children in online chatrooms.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing indecent images of children and three counts of making them at Truro Crown Court yesterday (May 30), and was sentenced today.

Prosecuting Ferris at the sentencing, Ed Bailey explained how the Falmouth man had been found in possession of a total of 3,370 offending images and six movies.

940 of these images were of the most serious kind, category A – showing the rape and torture of children

Mr Bailey described how all of these images had been “hidden away” in discreet files, and how in a police interview Ferris admitted to downloading and sharing the files, and being the sole user of the devices. A total of 27 of the images were also distributed online by Ferris.

The images, downloaded between February 2015 and October 2017, depicted children between the ages of just a few months old and roughly sixteen.

In a police interview, Ferris also admitted that he had been sent category A images of young boys being abused.

Delivering his verdict, judge Simon Carr gave Ferris credit for his guilty plea and accepted he had a “lack of maturity”, but ultimately jailed him for 15 months.

He said: “Not only are there category A images but category B and C, showing you had a very large collection in the period of time indicated.

“You were distributing those images. By the time you were arrested a second time you had bought a second laptop. In short, the shock of arrest had no effect on you and you continued to offend.”

Ferris was given a 15 month jail sentence for the three counts of possessing indecent images of children, and another for eight months for distributing the images, to run concurrently.

He must serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He has also been made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.