By Connie Osborne Monday 04 November 2013 Updated: 04/11 15:04
A BROMSGROVE man who ran a children's entertainment company has been jailed for downloading indecent images of children and extreme porn.
Nigel Bourne, aged 28 and of Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, was sentenced to ten months after being convicted by a jury of three charges of making an indecent photograph of a child and two charges of possessing an extreme pornographic image.
His father Robert Bourne, aged 53, who lived at the same address and ran Funbusters with his son, was given a three-year community order after being found guilty of similar charges.
The pair denied all the offences but were found guilty on August 8 and were sentenced by Judge Richard Rundell at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday (October 31).
About 450 indecent images of children, along with nine other indecent pictures and 74 images of extreme porn were found on their computers after they were seized following a search by West Mercia Police. Some of those included photographs categorised at the highest level of seriousness.
All the offences took place between August and October 2011, and an indefinite sexual offences prevention order was also made by the court which bans the Bournes from having contact with children under the age of 16 and limits their access to the internet through computers which have special software designed to prevent and detect offences.
Det Con Matt Skelton said the Bournes lied throughout the investigation and the trial but the jury saw through it.
"The images they were in possession of were abhorrent and featured children of a very young age.
"The sentences reflect how seriously these offences are viewed by the courts and society in general. It will be reassuring for people to know that these men have been taken off the streets and will no longer be able to pose a risk to children, wherever they may be.
"There are real victims of these offences, namely the children who are photographed and abused for the warped gratification of people such as the Bournes.
"Hopefully this case will prove a deterrent to those involved in the production and exchange of these vile images of children.
"It should also send out a clear message to those who are using technology to abuse children that everything you do online leaves a digital footprint which can and will be used to track you down and hold you to account."
Senior forensic investigator Ed Roberts from the high tech crime unit added: "It is our responsibility to protect children wherever they live and to bring criminals to justice wherever they operate.
"Behind every one of these photos is a child abuse victim, a helpless and exploited individual, and those who peddle in these vile images need to realise that we will be coming to get them."
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