Pervert found with hundreds of indecent images of children said he was trying to download music
David Stevens downloaded indecent images of children for his own sexual gratification.
A pervert who left North Staffordshire after being sentenced for downloading child abuse pictures was caught again just three months later.
David Stevens was arrested after police carried out a raid on his parents’ home.
Around 260 indecent images were found on a laptop owned by his dad.
Now the 26-year-old, formerly of Kinsey Street, Silverdale, has been handed a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to four charges of making and possessing indecent images.
Jonathan Austin, prosecuting at Caernarfon Crown Court, said the defendant had moved to North Wales after appearing at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in July.
He said officers executed a warrant at his parents’ address in Llanddulas, near Abergele, last October.
Mr Austin said: “Officers explained to Stevens why they were there and although he initially denied downloading indecent material he later made admissions to police.”
Mr Austin told the court attempts had been made by members of his family to prevent Stevens from accessing the internet after he moved to Llanddulas.
He added: “A tablet owned by his mother was only to be used by him when she was in the room for instance.
“The offences were committed when his parents and his wife were not in the property and he was tempted to seek out the sort of material that got him into trouble earlier in the year.”
The court heard police in Staffordshire had raided his Silverdale home in May 2014 and seized three laptops and a computer.
They were analysed and were found to contain hundreds of indecent images of children.
Stevens had used search terms designed to find child abuse images although he told police he had accidentally downloaded the sickening pictures when trying to access music.
He was handed a three-year community order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years following that offence.
Simon Mills, defending, said the pre-sentence report suggested the community order should continue to allow for it to have a real effect.
The defendant was handed a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years, and warned to comply with the requirements of the original community order or face going to prison.
Judge Huw Rees told Stevens: “It would be easy and justifiable to send you to prison but that would have an effect on the work of the Probation Service to help prevent your behaviour in this vile way.”
Stevens, now of Brig y Don, Llanddulas, was also handed a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and his name will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
DEPRAVED David Stevens downloaded indecent images of children for his own sexual gratification.
The 26-year-old was arrested after police raided his Silverdale home and seized three laptops and a computer.
They were analysed and were found to contain hundreds of indecent images of children including 46 still images and 15 movies at category A – the most serious.
Now Stevens has been handed a three-year community order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
Prosecutor John Brotherton told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that police officers raided Stevens’ home on May 7, 2014. Mr Brotherton said: “Police searched the premises and seized some computer equipment. “All the computers were examined.”
In total, police found 46 still images at category A; 22 at category B and 297 at category C. They found 15 movies at category A and four movies at category C.
The court heard Stevens had used search terms designed to find pornographic images of children.
He told police he had accidentally downloaded indecent images or movies of children when trying to download music.
He said he started to search for pre-teen images ‘out of curiosity’.
Stevens, of Kinsey Street, Silverdale, pleaded guilty to five offences of making indecent images of children.
Joanne Wallbanks, mitigating, said the defendant is ashamed and embarrassed.
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Stevens to a three-year community order with supervision and a requirement he completes the internet sex offenders’ programme.
He will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years and will be barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults. He must also pay £340 costs.
Judge Glenn told Stevens: “You now seem to accept you gained sexual gratification from some of the images.
“You are said to be ashamed and embarrassed. So you should be.
“I do not think the public interest is going to be served by imposing a short custodial sentence, which you would serve less than half of.
“I impose the community order as a direct alternative to custody. If you breach it you should expect to go to prison.”