Man, 20, had illicit images of boys
4:30pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Latest News
A MAN who lives doors away from a pre-school has walked free from court after admitting he downloaded and shared indecent images of boys in nappies.
James McEntee also had a ‘concerning’ picture of a boy Scout tied to a tree, which he had taken, stored alongside the illicit material.
But after hearing how the 20-year-old was young when he started viewing the material and was keen to change, a judge imposed a suspended sentence.
Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the case came to light when officers in the West Midlands were looking into someone on their patch.
He said during their investigations in December 2011 they found someone making indecent images of children available to share online via the Gigatribe network.
They tracked down the user to McEntee’s home on Clifton Street and in August last year officers from the child internet exploitation team went to speak to him.
After he was arrested a number of computers and storage devices were seized and he admitted what he had been doing.
Mr Meeke said: “He admitted he had searched for boys of 12 or more: he had seen some younger. Boys in swimwear, boys in nappies was something he described.”
He added that hundreds of pictures had been carefully stored in folders alongside other material.
McEntee told officers he had shut down his Gigatribe account at one point as he felt guilty about what he had been doing, only to open it up again.
Mr Meeke said: “There were a number of other images, while of themselves not prohibited or illegal, photographs of children and teenagers in nappies.
“Search histories depicting searches for young children. A photograph of a child tied to a tree at Scout camp: fully clothed I add.”
When he was questioned about that image he said he had taken it as a joke at camp and the boy in the picture went along with it.
Mr Meeke said: “The child was not under duress, children and Scout leaders were there at the time. But in the context of his collection it is a little more concerning.”
McEntee admitted seven counts of making and one of possessing indecent images of children and one of having prohibited images.
He lives within yards of the Clifton Street Pre-School, though there is no suggestion he or the images had any connection with it.
Rob Ross, defending, said: “This is a young man who, having spent some time with me, is clearly of a view he wants to change.”
Passing sentence Judge Douglas Field said: “This offending has gone on for some years and you were a young man when it started: around 16.
“You are a young immature man of 20, you have no previous convictions. All this has been hanging over you for some time and given you ample opportunity to reflect how wrong it was for you to behave in this way.”
He jailed him for 16 months, suspended for two years, and told him that he must register as a sex offender for ten years as well as be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for five years.