12th Aug, 2020

Bromsgrove man who downloaded 'sickening' child porn, avoids jail

Harry Leach 28th Jan, 2020 Updated: 4th Feb, 2020

A BROMSGROVE man has been given a suspended jail sentence for downloading images which showed children being sexually abused.

Jason Rutter, aged 49, was sentenced yesterday (January 27) at Worcester Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to five counts of making indecent images of children.

Police received information that a digital device was used at his address in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, to download indecent photographs of children.

Police executed a warrant at his property in November 2016 but Rutter was not present at time.

However several items were seized from his room.

Following the search, police made contact with Rutter who agreed to hand himself in.

He attended Worcester Police Station on November 16 2016, bringing with him a mobile phone and a laptop.

Prior to visiting the police station he had used software in an attempt to forensically delete evidence of child abuse off the devices.

However, police were still able to locate 31 category A images showing children subjected to penetrative sexual activity, 69 category B images showing children subjected to non-penetrative sexual activity and 51 category C images on his devices showing images not falling within categories A or B.

Rutter admitted his guilt at Hereford Crown Court last month.

Yesterday the judge ordered a total sentence of 11 months, suspended for two years and the destruction of his computers.

He was also ordered to pay £1200 court costs.

Dawn Cartwright of the CPS said: “We will always seek to prosecute those who commit these types of crimes.

“Rutter has received a criminal conviction for downloading these sickening images of vulnerable children.

“He will now be registered as a sex offender for 10 years and will be made subject of a device only sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

“This means he must not delete his internet history or use the internet or social media to communicate with any person under the age of 16.”

  • In a previous online report of this court case involving Jason Rutter, which also appeared in Friday’s print version, it was stated Mr Rutter was a UKIP Parliamentary candidate. Mr Rutter became a member of UKIP in 2013 and later applied to be considered for selection as a prospective parliamentary candidate for the 2015 general election but was unsuccessful in his bid. A source from the party said he attended no further meetings after that although she believed he may have self-identified as a UKIP parliamentary candidate.

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