A PERVERT from Rugby came to the attention of the police after they arrested another person and found evidence of their online chat about exchanging indecent images of young children.
Michael Corner, of Bracken Drive, was jailed for 20 months by a judge at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.
Visibly shaking as he sat in the dock during the hearing, the 54 year-old was also ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.
Prosecutor Marcus Harry said Corner’s online chats with another man between May and July 2012 showed ‘an unhealthy interest’ in sexual activity with children, and discussion about exchanging images led to Corner being arrested in January last year.
His computer was seized, and on it officers found some of the online chat and more than 200 indecent images – including hardcore pictures – of children, both boys and girls aged from about three upwards.
When first interviewed, Corner made no comment.
But in a later interview after the images had been found, he described himself as ‘a total paed’.
Mr Harry said Corner said he was gay and preferred males in their mid to late teens, and told the police the only way he could get them to do what he wanted on camera was to ‘give them what they wanted’ by showing them the indecent images of children.
Jasvir Mann, for Corner, said: “There is genuine remorse. It has been a very long time since I’ve seen someone so physically affected by a court appearance. He was physically shaking this morning.”
Jailing Corner, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “The images on your computer were found in the context of pages and pages of chat between you and other men about attraction to young children, and in fact to very young children including babies.
“You say now this was put on, and that you did not really feel that. Whether you did or not, what makes this so serious is that for whatever purpose, you showed the images to other people.
“These are real images of real children. They are made for a market. Children are abused so that market can be satisfied – and that market is made up of people like you.”