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Leamington man jailed and registered as sex offender after continuing to download child pornography

Correspondent 17th Jun, 2017 Updated: 17th Jun, 2017

A PERVERTED Leamington man has been jailed and registered as a sex offender after continuing to download child pornography.

A judge at Warwick Crown Court heard how Carl Webster bought another laptop and continued to download child pornography after police had already found indecent images on one computer.

The 34 year-old, of Llewellyn Road, was jailed for ten months and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

He had pleaded guilty to a total of six charges of making indecent images of children – some of them as young as three – and four charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Prosecutor Anthony Cartin said in 2014 Surrey police who were investigating a ‘person of interest’ found he had been communicating over the internet with Webster.

So they notified the Avon and Somerset force who raided Webster’s home – at the time in Bristol – and seized his laptop and phone.

On them, officers who examined the devices found a total of 96 indecent images of children, including 15 movies. A number were classed as being in the most serious category A.

Mr Cartin said the majority of the images showed young teenage boys but some were of boys as young as three years-old.

Police also found 31 images of extreme pornography, showing sex acts with animals and acts of sexual violence.

Two weeks after the raid, Webster moved from Bristol to Leamington, and when he was eventually interviewed about the images in May last year, he accepted responsibility for them.

But then in August Warwickshire officers executed another warrant at Webster’s home and seized a laptop, on which they found 117 indecent images of children.

And Judge Andrew Lockhart QC observed: “So he’s been arrested and interviewed, and has gone back and done it again.”

Mr Cartin added that there was evidence that a ‘cleaning program’ had been used on the computer 16 times, and there were also chat logs in which Webster had fantasised about contact with very young children and rape scenarios.

Graeme Simpson, defending, said Webster has sought help, and since November has been paying privately to attend sessions with a therapist, who deals with victims of sexual offences and well as offenders.

He said Webster was an intelligent man who had graduated in computer studies, but is ‘socially challenged in a very extreme way,’ and was diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder and depression.

Mr Simpson, who conceded the offences were aggravated by Webster repeating them while subject to the initial investigation, added: “If he receives an immediate custodial sentence, he will struggle tremendously to cope with that sentence.”

But Judge Lockhart jailed Webster and told him: “The police went to your address in Bristol and seized items.

“You then moved away, and those items were in the process of being examined when you found your new home in Leamington.

“Notwithstanding that warning, you continued to offend.

“You have no previous convictions, you have shown remorse, you have some mental disorder, and you have taken steps to address your offending behaviour.

“But these images were possessed across two periods of time. I would be well justified in passing consecutive sentences, but I am not going to do that.”

He also made Webster subject to a sexual harm prevention order restricting his use of devices capable of accessing the internet and his unsupervised contact with children.

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