Child porn pervert with ‘worst’ category images walks free from court

Derby Crown Court.
Derby Crown Court.

A lonely man who watched internet porn was told by a judge that he helped create a demand for films of children being “abused horribly”.

The comments were made as factory worker Jacob Chapman, 21, was put on probation for three years and ordered to join a sex offenders’ groupwork programme.

A court heard that he was caught when police visited his family home on Chesterfield Road, Tibshelf, in October last year.

They seized computer equipment which contained 351 pictures and 165 movies – including 124 films in the worst category.

Judge John Burgess told him: “It doesn’t take a lot of thinking that in these pictures and movies you are watching real pictures of children being abused and abused horribly.

“The reason they are being abused is because of people like you.

“These movies and pictures are made for the pleasure of people like you.

“If it was not for people like you, those children would not be abused.

“A report makes it plain that you are a young man who is isolated, lonely and naive and susceptible to treatment which will help you never offend like this again,” he added.

Chapman, now of Mansfield Road, Alfreton, admitted three counts of downloading child pornography.

He had never been in trouble before and was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Dan Church, mitigating, said: “From the moment police knocked on the door, he was co-operative and said he had images.

“He was incredibly frank with the probation officer.

“He was described as being particularly remorseful when the probation officer explained what his type of offending caused,” he added at Derby Crown Court on Monday.

Clive Stockwell, prosecuting, said the offences were committed when Chapman was aged 19 and 20.

Police officers took away a Toshiba laptop and some USB sticks.

Chapman had looked for “pre-teen and under-age girl porn”.

Mr Stockwell went on: “The defendant accepted full responsibility for what was recovered.”

Under the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, Chapman must make his computer available for a police inspection at any time for the next five years.

He must not install equipment which destroys details of any sites he has visited or which conceals them with a secret code.

The judge ordered the confiscation of all the computer equipment involved in the case.

Chapman was also banned from working with children.