October 2010

Bus company worker had “library” of depraved child abuse images

A former bus company manager who kept a “disgusting and depraved” library of child sexual abuse images at his Birmingham home has been jailed for 18 months.

Michael Rushton, 49, of Nuthurst Road, West Heath, had previously admitted seven charges of making indecent images and one of distribution.

In passing sentence Judge Rupert Mayo said an aggravating feature of the case was that Rushton had downloaded images having received them from MSN messaging.

This had enabled him, he said, to file them in folders in a sophisticated way for later viewing.

“This was your personal library of disgusting and depraved images,” he said.

Rushton must also ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Madhu Rai, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said police received information about the possession and distribution of indecent images involving children through an email address and their inquiries led to Rushton.

Police raided his address and took away an external hard drive and a computer tower from his locked bedroom.

When later analysed the equipment was found to contain 246 still images and eight videos.

Miss Rai said Rushton handed himself in at Bournville police station after police circulated his details.

When interviewed Rushton admitted having sent an indecent image from his email address to another internet user.

Rushton, who worked as a site manager for a bus company, said he had “gone off the rails” when he had time off work for a stress related illness.