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Paedophile hunter downloaded 1,700 child porn images

ANH Desk

India, June 11: A paedophile hunter who downloaded over 1,700 images of child abuse over two years after becoming attracted to the sickening photographs has been arrested.

Cameron Battisson, 21, was arrested after police executed a warrant at his Sandyford home, in Stoke-On-Trent, seizing his laptop and smartphone.

 

Officers found 697 images at category A – deemed the most serious, 500 at category B and 500 at C.

 

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Battisson initially accessed the twisted websites to snare paedophiles before becoming increasingly attracted to what he saw.

 

An investigation also revealed the defendant had distributed the pictures to other like-minded perverts.

 

Battisson pleaded guilty to possessing indecent photographs of children and distributing indecent photographs of children.

 

He has been handed a three-year community order and made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

 

Battisson was also ordered to pay £300 court costs.

 

Prosecutor William Donnelly said police executed a warrant at the defendant’s home in July 2017.

 

Mr Donnelly said: ‘Devices were seized in particular a Dell laptop and a smartphone. As a result of what was found on the laptop he was arrested.

‘When the defendant was interviewed by police following his arrest he said it began a couple of years prior when he began to explore this area of the internet.

‘ He says initially it was in the hope he was going to be able to snare people involved in this sort of activity but some time thereafter began to become attracted to images of these children which he had seen and began to ask others to send him photographs and he too sending photographs to them.’

Hamish Noble, mitigating, said the defendant had an autism diagnosis in 2011 and also struggles with learning difficulties.

Mr Noble added: ‘A female friend at college recommended to him the possibility of snaring people online. He went online but very quickly he forgot why he went on there and became involved in frequent downloading and sharing of these images.

He did become desensitized to what he was seeing. He lost his job working in a pet shop over concerns about contact with children. He was on employment support allowance until June 2018 when he obtained employment at a skip company.

 

‘He keeps himself to himself and has been obsessed with looking after his parents’ garden. It is very impressive, he has few other outlets. Immediate custody would have a significant impact on his family and he would be likely to be extremely vulnerable in custody.’

Judge Paul Glenn said he didn’t accept that Battisson didn’t gain sexual gratification from the images.

 

He told Battisson: ‘I do not accept that your conduct can simply be explained by reference to the autistic spectrum disorder.

 

‘You do seem now to understand that these are real children being abused, being irreparably damaged for the entertainment of people who access this material and those who download this sort of material encourage the perpetrators of this vile abuse.

 

‘It was a significant number of images, many of them moving images. The question I have to assess is the prospect for rehabilitation and there may well be and for that reason I won’t send you to prison.’ (Agencies)

 

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