A Hemel Hempstead man caught with child abuse videos, one showing children as young as four or five, was today/Thursday, September 23 given a suspended sentence.
When police with a warrant went to Aaron Clancy’s home on August 20 last year, he denied he had uploaded any indecent images.
Prosecutor Douglas Page said his phone was seized. When it was examined, there were three Category A videos, the most serious level.
They involved girls aged four to five, six to seven and eight to nine.
There was also a Category C movie, the lowest level, involving girls aged 12 to 14.
Mr Page said the Category A images had been stored on MEGA – an encrypted storage system.
The single Category C movie had been obtained via the KIK messaging app.
Clancy, who works in computers, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to downloading three Category A images and one Category C.
Defending, Guy Wyatt said the offences were serious, but there were only a few images. He said Clancy was of previous good character and in stable employment.
Mr Wyatt said he was supported by his family, who will be “keeping an eye on him.”
Recorder Bal Dhaliwal told him: “These are images of real children. Individuals like you create a market for children to be abused.”
She sentenced him to six months in jail suspended for 12 months. He must carry out 10 days’ rehabilitation and 120 hours’ unpaid work.
In addition, he has to pay £800 costs, register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for seven years and is barred from working with children or vulnerable people.