Man from Shipley downloaded indecent images of children

A judge at Bradford Crown Court told 68-year-old Andrew Pemberton it was “tragic to see you before a criminal court at such a mature age for such serious offences”.

Prosecutor Verity Barnes said Pemberton, of Woodside, Shipley, attracted attention by uploading an indecent image of a child to Facebook on February 11, 2021. The post was reported to police, who were able to trace the identity of the mobile phone used to Pemberton.

When he was arrested at his home on August 4, 2022, he said, “I'm a recovering alcoholic. Whatever I did, I would have done it if I was drunk. I think I did it out of curiosity.”

He continued: “I downloaded the pictures, or rather, someone sent them to me.”

Pemberton's mobile phone was seized and contained 54 category A, B and C images and videos of children estimated to be between the ages of six and 13.

It also contained eight prohibited images and one video, as well as six images and one video of extreme pornography, including zoophilia.

Miss Barnes said: “In some of the moving images the children were visibly upset and in some of them you can clearly hear them crying.”

There was also evidence that Pemberton had tried to hide some of the images.

Pemberton admitted the offences under questioning and later pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court to five counts of making indecent images, possession of extreme pornography and possession of an extreme image of a child, all between May 22 and July 4, 2022.

In her mitigating arguments, Hana Ahmed said Pemberton, who had previously been of good character, felt “significant remorse” for his offending and alcohol abuse was a key factor.

She said: “The defendant accepts his crime. This was triggered by his interest [in] and browsing pornography, which led to him visiting social media accounts, talking to people and role playing. And then it got to a stage where he was receiving images from individuals.”

She said he was “very drunk” the day he received the images and tried to delete them the next day because he was “in shock”.

Passing sentence in Pemberton, the Honourable Judge Ahmed Nadim said: “You will understand that the images which you have become interested in depict the extreme exploitation of young and vulnerable children.

“To create these images, children are abused, exploited, physically and sexually humiliated, inflicted pain. The list of abuses goes on.

“Any society that claims to be a civilized society has systems and mechanisms in place to prevent this abuse. By being interested in these images, you are actually supporting a market and creating a demand.

“For this reason, your type of offence is considered particularly serious.”

Pemberton was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment, suspended, for the Category A images, four months for the Category B images and two months for the Category C images, both to be served concurrently.

He was ordered to attend 35 days of rehabilitation to develop strategies to prevent relapse and was also ordered to attend a nine-month alcohol treatment program.

He was given a ten-year sexual abuse protection order and placed on the sex offenders' register.

The confiscation and destruction of his mobile phone was ordered.