Exmouth paedophile jailed

PUBLISHED: 16:39 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 02 March 2017

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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A 44-year-old registered sex offender from Exmouth has been jailed for eight months for making indecent images of children and breaking a Sexual Offences Prevention Order

A paedophile from Exmouth who boasted online that he was going to the beach to look at young girls has been jailed.

Former school technician Anthony Fowler offered to swap images of child abuse with strangers who he met in online forums where he posed as a fit young snowboarder.

In reality he is 44, still lives with his parents, and walks with crutches after injuring his back in an accident while working as a roofer.

He was already a registered sex offender and banned from using chat rooms or viewing any child images when he downloaded pictures showing girls as young as three suffering serious abuse.

He has two previous convictions for accessing or distributing child images going back to 2006 when he was an IT technician at Exmouth Community College and has already served one jail sentence.

Fowler, of Ryll Grove, Exmouth, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children and two of breaking a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and was jailed for eight months by Judge Erik Salomonsen at Exeter Crown Court.

The Judge told him: “You committed this offence in breach of a SOPO. The probation report says you have a disregard for the directions of the court and are influenced by a self serving bias.

“It says you display a worrying lack of remorse and that you understood the requirements of the SOPO but took a calculated risk in the hope of not being caught.

“Even though I can observe you are in pain from your back, it is the court’s clear duty to impose an immediate sentence. It will be for the authorities in prison to deal with your health issues.”

Mr Paul Grumbar, prosecuting, said Fowler has previous convictions for downloading images in 2006 and possessing and distributing them in 2011.

He was subject to a SOPO which banned him from accessing any child images on the internet but was found with files on his home built computer and Samsung smartphone when police raided his home in June 2015.

A total of 214 still images were recovered of which 25 were in the worst category A, depicting serious abuse of children by adults. Some of the stills were single frames from movies.

Mr Grumbar said there were chat logs from Skype and Kik on his phone which related to the exchange of child abuse images.

Mr Grumbar said: “He told the writer of the probation report he knew he was not allowed to access these images but did so anyway. He said he looked at the images because of the difficulties caused by his back injury.”

Fowler’s use of an online alias was a further breach of the SOPO.

Mr Rupert Taylor, defending, said Fowler’s serious back pain would make any jail sentence very difficult to serve.

He said the public would be better protected by him undertaking a treatment programme during one-to-one sessions with the probation service.

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