August 2019

Sci-fi fantasy author and artist found to have almost 60,000 sick child abuse images

A sci-fi fantasy author and artist was found to have almost 60,000 sick child abuse images at his home, some of which were his own drawings.

Derby Crown Court heard how Ivan Bradley, who has had three novels published, drew images of young girls including some in which they were carrying out sexual acts.

The 64-year-old first came to the attention of the police in 2015 when a neighbour contacted them after the defendant showed him some of the images.

That saw his devices seized and almost 50,000 disgusting images or movies were found on them and on illustrations he had done.

While on bail for those offences, Bradley went to a Job Centre interview in 2018 and showed a worker three more of the images on a tablet he took to the meeting.

That worker also contacted the police who again swooped on his address and found another 10,000 images, movies or pictures.

In a bizarre turn of events, after the case was opened and mitigation was put forward on Bradley’s behalf, he sacked his legal team and asked for his pleas of guilty to be vacated, claiming they were “incompetent”

But Judge Jonathan Bennet chose to continue the sentencing hearing and jailed him for 11 months.

He said: “You told the author of your pre-sentence report you did not get any sexual gratification fro m the images.

“You said you find little girls cute in the same way as butterflies and puppies.

“I do not accept your basis of plea is that having the images is entirely attributable to your interest in scientific fantasy.

“This was not an isolated incident it was a long-running obsession and, after hearing what I have about you, I am not convinced there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”

Judge Bennett said one of the defendant’s neighbours contacted the police in October 2015 saying over the years there had been “a number of incidents which caused him to be concerned he has a sexual interest in children”.

Officers swooped on his address in Windermere Road, Handsworth Wood, and in total just over 47,000 images, movies or illustrations were found of all three categories.

Then in May 2018, Bradley took a tablet to a Job Centre interview and showed the officer three more indecent images.

Police again went to his address and a further 11,000 images, films or drawings were found.

Bradley pleaded guilty on the day of trial to three counts of making indecent images of children.

Judge Bennett told him: “You are 64-years-old, you are not in good health and you have not worked for a number of years.

“As a result of your first arrest your wife and daughter left and you no longer have any contact with your daughter, which is a tragedy.

“You come across as a lonely character who spends much of his time on the computer.

“You have had three novels publish and scientific fantasy has been your passion for a number of years.”