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Teen who downloaded child porn spared jail

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

  • Alan Broome leaving Truro Crown Court.

  • Alan Broome leaving Truro Crown Court.

  • Alan Broome leaving Truro Crown Court.

  • Alan Broome leaving Truro Crown Court.

  • Alan Broome leaving Truro Crown Court.

A TEENAGE paedophile obsessed with indecent images of children downloaded them at his grandparents' house.

Alan Broome, 19, of Painters Lane End, Illogan, was spared jail after admitting downloading thousands of indecent images of youngsters onto his computer at their home in Helston.

He told police he was hunting paedophiles down on the internet rather than accessing the material for his own pleasure.

Philip Lee, for the prosecution, said police searched the address on January 18 after receiving information that someone there was using the internet to access a file-sharing site, used by people to exchange indecent images.

Mr Lee said nearly 9,000 live images and more than 500 films were found on Broome's computer and storage devices. The material ranged from levels one to five on the scale police use to categorise such images – five being the most serious.

Mr Lee said in an initial interview Broom told police "that he admitted possessing images and sharing them, [he'd] never looked at them but knew what they contained".

Mr Lee said: "The reason for possessing and sharing them, he said, was to try and locate paedophiles and notify the police of their details.

Prolific

"He denied having any sexual interest in children, boys or girls."

Mr Lee said forensic examination of Broome's computer revealed such vast quantities and prolific activity that these claims were "clearly untrue".

Terry Eastwood, for the defence, said Broome was immature, suffered from low self-esteem and loneliness, and had never had a girlfriend.

He said: "He has been threatened today outside of court and he is a very frightened young man. He is frightened of going to prison."

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, described a pre-sentence report on Broome's background and circumstances as "disturbing" and said it showed a man who obsessively spent several hours a day looking at indecent images of children.

He said: "To put it mildly, you have distorted views and I can only hope that, as a result of the order that I am going to make, those views, your attitude, your obsession will change."

Broome, who admitted 14 counts of making indecent images of children, three of distributing them and two of possessing prohibited images of children, was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years.

He was ordered to be under the supervision of the probation service for two years and take part in an internet sex offenders' programme.

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