HEANOR: Bike painter had ‘perverted’ baby images on his computer

Jason Wardle. Jailed for 20 months for possessing indecent images of children.
Jason Wardle. Jailed for 20 months for possessing indecent images of children.

A porn addict was caught with perverted pictures of “babes in arms” only months after being freed from jail for a similar crime, a court has heard.

The images were discovered after police raided the home and workplace of motorcycle painter Jason Wardle, 29, of Stoddard Drive, Heanor.

A 20-month prison term was imposed on Wardle, who admitted five charges of downloading indecent images of children between September, 2012, and March, last year.

Derby Crown Court heard on Thursday he had been released from prison in June, 2011, just over half way through a 34-week jail term.

Judge Michael Fowler told Wardle: “You recognise you have a perverted obsession and fascination for images of sexual activity with young children.

“I don’t accept your fascination is so strong you are compelled to go out and buy a computer and are compelled to sit down and commit these offences.

“It seems to me as long as you tell yourself that, you will keep committing this type of offence.

“If that happens, you will face sentences of increasing length.”

After viewing the worst of the images, the judge said some included “very young children, babes in arms”.

Some others were of youngsters aged around 12 and 13.

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant on March 21, last year. They found a total of 2,141 images on a mobile phone and laptop found in his bedroom.

For the next ten years, Wardle must make any computer available to be checked by police. He must not erase details of sites he has visited.

Gregor Purcell, mitigating, urged the judge to impose a lengthy order which would allow Wardle to stay out of prison but go on a three-year course to tackle the problem.

“He accepts he has this problem but needs help with it.

“The difficulty is he will not get it in prison unless he is in there for a significant period of time and will not get supervision when he is released.

“He has shown candour to accept it and I would ask he is not punished for that candour.

“He had a problem in 2011 and he still has that problem.

“The problem needs to be dealt with otherwise it will always be there.

“He has to demonstrate willpower not to do this but needs help and assistance in overcoming that urge,” Mr Purcell to the court.