Jailed father-of-eight blames Illuminati for child porn images found

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A Colne father-of-eight who had a stash of almost 20,000 sickening child porn images has been jailed for 21 months.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Alan Greaves (48) had internet pictures of very vulnerable children as young as about three being abused, often distressed and in pain. They were found on a mobile data storage device recovered by police from the living room of his home. The images included about 100 videos, some of them 15 minutes long or more.

But Greaves, who had built up his vile collection over three years, claimed he did not get any sexual thrill at all from the pictures and only had them in his possession because he was investigating the activities of Illuminati, who, he alleged, disseminated such material and that was how he had got it. He claimed he thought the images were revolting.

The defendant, of Blascomay Square, admitted two counts of making an indecent image of a child. He was also made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Prosecutor Stephen Parker told the hearing the small mobile data storage device was the size of a cigarette packet, retained information and could be plugged into computers.

In total, police recovered 17,821 still images at category C, 872 pictures at category B and 694 photos at level A. Category A is the most serious level.

Mr Parker said 29 movies were discovered at level C, 19 at category B and 58 at level A. He told the court police said the defendant had not only been searching for indecent images, he had been cataloguing them as well as saving them in files. He had three previous convictions for unrelated offences.

Laura Barbour (defending) said a psychiatric report stated that, in the doctor’s opinion, Greaves was not suffering from any major psychotic or mental illness.

Miss Barbour told the court Greaves would say that he viewed the images and had them in his possession by way of an investigation into the activities of Illuminati, about which, he said, he had “very grave concerns”.

She continued: “He believes that children are sexualised by that group of people. He believes they disseminate this type of material and he believes it came into his possession largely because of that dissemination.”

The barrister added: “He flatly denies he had any sexual gratification by way of these images. His instructions to me are that these images are revolting, horrible and disgusting. His words are: “I am not interested in children sexually in any way.”

Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell told the defendant the images were almost exclusively pre- pubescent females, most of them were under 10 or 12 and many were of girls from three or four upwards.

He told the defendant: “What you have to take on board is these children are abused, often abroad, for money and their childhoods and their lives are destroyed. If it was not for people looking at these images these very vulnerable children would not be abused.”