Gary Carruthers – Belfast

​A caretaker who superimposed pictures of children onto those of youngsters being sexually abused has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Gary Carruthers pleaded guilty to having 30,000 indecent images of children.

The 35-year-old also pleaded guilty to having two paedophile manuals – the first person in Northern Ireland to be caught in possession of such material.

Some of the children featured were as young as two years old.

Entitled Childlovin and Producing kiddie porn for dummies, the manuals were discovered along with the indecent images and extreme pornography on 20 computer storage devices and discs hidden in a safe in his bedroom.

Caught red-handed

Judge Sandra Crawford told Carruthers that the methods set out in the manuals to groom children were “utterly shocking”.

She described his use of images of the faces of pupils from the primary school where he worked as “grotesque”.

But she ordered that Carruthers, described as a “social loner”, serve two years of his term on licence to ensure he completes a recommended probation programme aimed at preventing his re-offending.

Because of time already served awaiting trial, Carruthers, of Victoria Street in Belfast, is now due for release from prison.

The Downpatrick Crown Court judge, sitting in Newry, said that normally guilty pleas would attract substantial credit.

However, she told Carruthers: “The evidence against you was overwhelming and effectively you were caught red-handed.”

She pointed out that when questioned initially, Carruthers “brazened the matter out, denying all responsibility” until he produced a prepared statement.

In it Carruthers accepted “responsibility” for all of the images, telling detectives: ‘”I am deeply sorry for my actions. I do not wish to comment further.”

Judge Crawford also told Carruthers that the “great harm” caused to children being sexually abused was “all too obvious”, and that by seeking and downloading such images from the internet he had helped maintain “the illegal and depraved industry which exploits and abuses children for the sexual gratification of adults”.

“Vile and despicable”

The judge said that Carruthers had abused his position as a school caretaker to photograph pupils. He then superimposed these pictures on images of children being sexually abused “in a vile and despicable fashion”.

While Carruthers pleaded guilty to having the vast bulk of material from 2012, the judge said that analysis showed that some had been recovered from the internet shortly before his arrest in September 2015.

Carruthers was placed on the Sexual Offender’s Register indefinitely, and was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for the next 10 years.

Under the SOPO he is banned from using of any internet electronic devices without supervision.

 He is also banned from contacting anyone under 16, or people living in a household with youngsters unless approved by the authorities.

An NSPCC spokesperson said Carruthers had betrayed the trust placed on him.

“It must be remembered that these are not victimless crimes – each image includes a child who has been abused,” said the spokesperson.

“It is right that Carruthers, and anyone else who accesses these images, is brought before the courts to face justice and to help ensure that children are not placed at further risk.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-38586271

A primary school caretaker who became the first person in Northern Ireland to have paedophile grooming manuals and superimposed pictures of children from his school on to those depicting youngsters being sexually abused was today sentenced to a total of three years.

However, Judge Sandra Crawford who described 35-year-old Gary Carruthers’ taking and use of pupils’ faces from the school as “grotesque”, ordered that he serve the bulk of the term, two years, on licence

However, as a result, because of time already served awaiting trial, Carruthers, with an address in Victoria Street, Belfast, is now due for release from prison.

This is to ensure he completes a recommended probation organised programme which should help prevent his re-offending and protect both children and the public in the future.

Carruthers, described as a “social loner” and possibly suffering from some form of autism, not only admitted having nearly 30,000 indecent images of children, some as young as two to four, being sexually abused, he also pleaded guilty to having two paedophile manuals with 170-pages on ‘how to abuse children manual’

He is also the first person in Northern Ireland to be caught in possession of such manuals. Entitled ‘Childlovin’ and ‘Producing kiddie porn for dummies’, they were discovered along with the indecent images and extreme pornography on over 20 computer storage devices and discs hidden in a safe in his bedroom.

Judge Crawford told Carruthers that the methods set out in the manuals to groom children ultimately, for sex, and the images depicted in them were “utterly shocking”.

The Downpatrick Crown Court judge, sitting in Newry, said that normally guilty pleas would attract substantial credit.

However, she told Carruthers “the evidence against you was overwhelming and effectively you were caught red handed”, and when questioned initially braizened the matter out, denying all responsibility until he produced a prepared statement.

In it Carruthers accepted “responsibility” for all of the images, telling detectives ‘I am deeply sorry for my actions. I do not wish to comment further.’

Judge Crawford also told Carruthers that the “great harm” caused to children being sexually abused was “all too obvious”, and that by seeking and downloading such images from the internet he’d helped maintain “the illegal and depraved industry which exploits and abuses children for the sexual gratification of adults.”

The judge said that Carruthers had abused his of trust as a school caretaker to photograph pupils which he had then used “in a vile and despicable fashion” to impose on images of children being abused.

The judge said that the variety of images including still and videos ranged from the lower level category one, but also included over 400 in the more serious levels four and five, depicting children being sexually abused by adults.

While Carruthers pleaded guilty to having the vast bulk of material from 2012, the judge said that analysis of them showed that some had been recovered from the internet in the weeks and days before his arrest in September 2015.

In addition to Carruthers 12 months imprisonment and two years on licence, he was placed on the Sexual Offender’s Register indefinitely and was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for the next 10 years.

Under the SOPO he has been banned from using of any Internet electronic devices without supervision. He is also banned from contacting anyone under 16 or living in a household with youngsters unless approved by the authorities.

http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/school-caretaker-caught-paedophile-manuals-12439331

October 2015……

School’s part-time cleaner Gary Carruthers is remanded over 6,000 kiddie images as acting principal offers help to pupils

http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/schools-part-time-cleaner-gary-10238991





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