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Childminder’s husband caught with more than 221,000 indecent images of children jailed

Published April 2, 2015 by misty534

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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

Wirral father who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children walks free from court

Published January 15, 2015 by misty534

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Wirral father who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children walks free from court

A young Wirral father caught downloading thousands of indecent images of children walked free from court today.

Sean Molloy, who had more 3,000 such images on two computers, one belonging to his girlfriend, did not believe there was anything wrong with looking at them, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

The 27-year-old told a probation officer that the girls “were involved because of their own free will and wanted to be filmed.”

Judge David Aubrey, QC, told him, “Nothing could be further from the truth. Each and every child depicted in these images were being exploited.

“You having the perception that such children are involving themselves in such activities because of their own free will illustrates to this court that there are severe issues that have to be addressed as far as you are concerned.

“They were not consenting…they were being manipulated and exploited by others who were filming and then distributing such indecent material and they were being manipulated and exploited by anybody examining such material.

“Every image you watched and observed for your own sexual gratification represented the abuse of that child and by observing such images you perpetuated and people like you perpetuate such abuse of vulnerable children,” he said.

He added: “Your thought process is completely and utterly flawed.”

However, the judge imposed a 12-month jail sentence on Molloy, of Atherton Road, New Brighton, suspended for two years, largely because it was almost two years since he was first arrested for the offences.

He also placed him under supervision for two years and ordered him to attend the stringent Northumbria sex offenders group programme.

The judge also imposed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order “to protect children from serious sexual harm” and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Molloy pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images and one of possessing them.

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said that police raided his home in March 2013 and arrested him on unrelated matters.

His computer was seized and was found to have child porn images on it. In August he was re-arrested in Shropshire where he was living with his girlfriend and more indecent images were found on her computer which he used.

He was again bailed and meanwhile forensic examination revealed a total of 3,596 indecent images on the computers, 465 in the most serious category.

Paul Davison, defending, said Molloy, who has previous convictions including criminal damage and possessing cannabis, was being supported in court by his mother and brother. “But other members of his family are not so supportive.”

He was present at the birth of his daughter last September but as a result of the proceedings he has not seen her since.

Mr Davison said it was accepted that he has issues which need addressing and he represents a high risk of harm to children .

Wirral Globe

Wirral vicar suspended in probe into child porn images

Published May 30, 2013 by misty534

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A vicar from Merseyside has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, it has emerged.

Merseyside Police arrested Reverend Ian Hughes, 45, priest-in-charge of parishes in Poulton and Seacombe, in Wirral on 22 May.

A Church of England Diocese of Chester spokesman said on discovery of his arrest he was suspended immediately.

Police said he has been bailed pending further police inquiries.

A spokesman for the Church of England Diocese of Chester said parishioners were informed of his suspension during normal service on Sunday.

The spokesman said: “The Bishop of Chester suspended the priest-in-charge of the parishes in Poulton and Seacombe – Ian Hughes – immediately when we knew of his arrest.

“Full co-operation is now taking place with the police and the authorities.

“We await outcomes from the current investigation and the workings of the justice system.

“The Church of England takes such matters very seriously. In the meantime, a senior priest has agreed to provide ministry and pastoral support for parishioners.”

 

 

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