Stephen Conroy, 53, has pleaded guilty to a number of sexual offences including making and possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.
Possessing extreme pornography is an offence under Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 s 63. The maximum sentence is 3 years or 2 years where the image in question is not an image which portrays a) an act which threatens a person’s life, or b) an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals.
There are several indecent image offences including:
1) Criminal Justice Act 1988 s 160 (possession of indecent photographs) – max sentence 5 years
2) Protection of Children Act 1978 s 1 (taking, distributing, publishing etc. indecent photographs) – max sentence 10 years
3) Coroners and Justice Act 2009 s 62 (possession of prohibited images of children) – max sentence 3 years
It is not clear how many counts, or indeed which section he has pleaded to.
The (scarce) facts
He was found in possession of thousands of printed images, DVDs and videos of child pornography after police searched his home address in February 2013. There was reportedly pornography ‘plastered’ all over the ceilings and walls of three bedrooms. It is understood that some of the images are considered to be level 5 images of child pornography – the highest on the scale.
Additionally, police reportedly found children’s underwear and a school girl’s outfit.
The prosecution, presumably opening the case the judge (telling the judge what the case is about) stated that Mr Conroy had filmed children arriving at and leaving the primary school with which his house is in close proximity.
The prosecutor added: “There was a home-made masturbation device by a window which had a view of the street. In regards to the masturbation station, he admitted that is what he used it for,”.
“Conroy told officers he thought the children in the images were innocent and beautiful and works of art but probably did not understand what was going on.
“He said he liked children and thought of himself as childlike.”
Conroy told officers he had started looking at child abuse images in 2006 and later searched for “school uniform porn”.
Sentencing was adjourned, reportedly due to the unavailability of certain evidence. This is presumably so the correct basis on which to sentence Mr Conroy can be determined.
We will return to the sentencing when it is reported.
Further details can be found here.