Crime

No Jail For Collector Of 9K Child And Animal Porn Pics

| by Denise Recalde

A British man has shockingly avoided prison time despite having amassed a huge collection of "stomach-churning" images of children and animals engaging in sexual acts. 

David Carey, 34, who lives with his mother in Longbenton, North Tyneside, pleaded guilty in court to charges stemming from the storage of 9,000 "extremely offensive" images and videos on his personal computer equipment, the Daily Mail reports.

He further admitted to having shared some of the child and animal abuse materials with others. 

In his possession were 73 images and 91 videos of people having sex with animals. 

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Officials stated hundreds of the items in his collection were classed as category A -- the most serious. Extreme pornographic images, depicting human sexual activity with an animal, landed him one charge, while another was filed for his possession of an indecent cartoon. 

Carey confessed to being guilty of 13 crimes committed between 2012 and 2016. 

He admitted to six offenses of making indecent photographs of a child and three for possessing indecent images, as well as to two offenses of distributing indecent images. 

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said Carey communicated with "people of similar interest" online and was a downloader and distributor of some of the material. 

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"Following his arrest, he was interviewed and he accepted he had shared indecent images of children," said Wardlaw. "He had come into contact with individuals through social network sites. He had received images and videos and forwarded some on."

The court learned Carey started with adult pornography but then developed a taste for child pornography. 

Carey's attorney, Robin Patton, said the defendant was not a threat to society.

"He is somebody who has lived his life vicariously through a computer," said Patton. "He has not sought to meet or have a relationship with a child."

Recorder Andrew Dallas, the judge on the case, sentenced Carey, who had no previous record, to two years in prison suspended for two years.

"You might imagine yourself in the privacy of your own home and your computer not harming anybody, in the sense that you are not touching anybody," Dallas said. "But people like you perpetrate the abuse of children by encouraging others to commit abuse, photograph it and put it on the internet knowing there will be people like you who want to view it and download it."

The judge noted that the 34-year-old man lived with his mother, had never been in trouble with the police and had not had a relationship with a woman. The judge said: "You present as an isolated figure. I accept you drifted into this offending through adult pornography, which turned into this disgusting pornography, including the abuse and torture of babies."

 "I accept there is a very low risk that you are likely to re-offend," the judge noted.

Carey received a two-year supervision requirement, with rehabilitation activity, and compulsory participation in a sex offenders program. He was also given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, and ordered to inform the police of his address. 

The sentence falls in line with the view of some sex offender treatment organizations. In 2013, Donald Findlater, from child protection agency Lucy Faithfull Foundation, pointed out that in the charity's experience, "offenders are not normally heartless people," the BBC then reported.  

Sources: Daily Mail, BBC / Photo credit: Ed Ivanushkin/Verily Mag

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