The court heard that since the offences came to light Pethig had lost everything. well cry me a fucking river
He had lost his job, he had no friends, his family was in turmoil and one had attempted suicide. He also had to move house when his neighbours found out what he had been up to.
The effect of the case on him, together with his immediate guilty pleas, were among the reasons given by Judge Gareth Jones for giving Pethig a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was placed on supervision for two years and sent on a sex offender group work programme.
He was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years.
The judge also made a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) limiting his use of the internet. He must also pay £500 prosecution costs.
Judge Jones said they were extremely serious offences over a significant period of time, showing “a sustained interest in material of this kind”. The nature of the images involving young children, in some instances very young, showed acts of indecency and degradation
The judge added: “The reason the law takes such a serious view is that you, and people like you, create a market for the exploitation of children.” 12 months suspended for two years is his idea of taking a 'serious view'?
Pethig had no previous convictions, he had admitted what he had done immediately and the judge said that he was aware of the devastating effect the case had upon the defendant
. yeah? what about the devastating effect on the victims? doesn't that count?
Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, told how in April police received a report of the burglary. They then received the call telling officers where the stole computer would be.
Of the 8,585 still images, 326 were at the worst level, five, and 617 were at level four. A total of 433 movie images were found – 36 were at level five and 290 at four
When initially interviewed, Pethig claimed to have downloaded them by accident
. Re-interviewed when the full extent of the images was known, he said he had done it out of curiosity