Wirral pensioner David Ramsay, 68, admitted viewing sick images when children were in his house
A childminder’s husband caught with a sick stash of more than 221,000 indecent photographs and videos of children was jailed for 10 months.
David Ramsay, 68, admitted seven charges of possessing and downloading indecent images – some of sexual abuse victims as young as five.
Liverpool Crown Court heard the offences were made worse by the fact that Ramsay’s wife would have been minding children in the house when he viewed the images.
The pensioner, of Littleton Close, Prenton, downloaded the images from October 2010 to May 2014 but was caught when police raided his home on May 8 last year.
Louise Santamera, prosecuting, said he confessed to officers he had looked at pictures of children and said: “I don’t agree with distribution.”
During police interview the grandad claimed he had “kept meaning to delete the images” but had formed “an obsession”.
A total of 658 of the indecent photographs recovered by police were of the most serious category, Category A.
Some 4,030 were Category B and the rest – 217,147 – were the least serious, Category C.
Ramsay had 1,587 video files, 51, of which were in Category A while the majority, 1,338, were in the least serious category.
Ramsay, a former marine engineer and seafarer who retired in February “to spare his embarrassment”, had no previous convictions.
Gerald Pachter, defending, said his client had made full and frank admissions and “100% co-operated with the police”.
He said: “One can only imagine the effect this has had not only on him but on his family. His wife is in the gallery here – disgusted, appalled, ashamed – but supportive.
“She said: ‘In all the years I have never seen my husband behave in an inappropriate manner to children in my care or take photographs that were of concern’.”
He said Ramsay’s bedroom was out of bounds for children in her care.
Mr Pachter added that Ramsay had given up a family holiday and spent £1,000 voluntarily attending a sex offending programme in Leeds.
Judge Mark Brown made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting Ramsay’s use of computers for 10 years and told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register.
He said: “I recognise this case is a tragedy both for you and your family. You are 68, you have no previous convictions, indeed you are a person of positive good character.
“However, there is clearly a different side to your character.”
The judge said it was a “vast” number of images which depicted “appalling” abuse.
He said: “It is a fact that were it not for individuals such as you who wish to view such images then the market for them would not exist.
“There is no doubt in my mind that public duty requires me to impose upon you an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”
by Niel Docking