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Paedophile Found With Over 9,000 Child Sex Abuse Images Spared Prison Because he Has Asperger's

Britain's soft approach and refusal to deal with paedophiles has struck again. This time a pervert who was caught with over 9,000 sickening images of children being abused has been spared jail because he has Asperger's. He was also arrested in 2015 for similar offences.


A paedophile has escaped prison after being caught with over 9,000 child sex abuse images
A paedophile has escaped prison after being caught with over 9,000 child sex abuse images

35-year-old serial pervert Kevin Cornes, of Ascot Avenue, Runcorn, apparently shook with fear and anxiety in the dock at Chester Crown Court on Monday as he waited to hear his fate.


Paedophile Cornes spoke to confirm that he had previously pleaded guilty at magistrates' court on May 6 to three counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an indecent image of a child, the second charge related to all 9,177 sick images found in his possession.



Simon Mintz, prosecuting, said that the "making" part of the charge referred to the act of downloading. Mintz added that police had executed a warrant at the home of Cornes on March 30 last year, seizing all his digital devices.


Mr Mintz said that three devices found at the home were "significant", showing that Cornes had downloaded 1,259 Category A images (the worst type), 1,234 in Category B, and 6,694 Category C, totalling 9,177 sexually explicit images of children. He added that the file names in which the images were stored indicated that the children's ages ranged between three and 13 years old.


Mr Mintz added that the "vast majority" were photographs and 103 were videos. It is believed that they were downloaded between August 2019 and March 6 last year.


Authorities said that throughout the police interviews with Cornes in January 2022, he simply answered "no comment" to all questions.


In 2015, Cornes had a similar conviction for making indecent images, he received a three-year community order, which expired in 2018, he also received a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to run until 2025.



Judge Steven Everett, approved the revocation of the previous SHPO and replaced it with a new order which covered Cornes's use of the internet and allowed police access to his devices.


Katy Laverty, defending, said Cornes was a "young man who suffers from autism and Asperger's", which she said explained "part of the offending behaviour", and "repetitive nature".


Paedophile Kevin Cornes pictured after leaving court
Paedophile Kevin Cornes pictured after leaving court

Ms Laverty argued that the defendant should be spared an immediate prison sentence, adding "He doesn't seek to minimise his actions or place blame elsewhere."


She said, "He's ashamed of what he has done and wants to change."


She told the court how Cornes had been "traumatised" by personal experiences during his life and now felt he had "opened up" about these, saying he was "fully motivated" to comply with whatever probation asked of him, as he knew that "this is the last opportunity".



Ms Laverty added that Cornes had stopped drinking alcohol and had "a number of difficulties" including anxiety and depression which led him to make an attempt on his own life. She said that Cornes was "absolutely terrified" of the thought of going to prison.


Judge Everett sentenced Cornes to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, meaning he will serve no jail time.


The judge also ordered that Cornes must complete up to 60 days of rehabilitation, the maximum available, including the Horizon sex offender programme, alongside a 10-year SHPO and 10 years on the sex offender register.


Judge Everett said: "The pre-sentence report shows a very troubling history, both by you and against you, but most particularly the fact that you suffer from Asperger's and I'm well aware of what that means and I'm well aware of the issues that causes."

Commenting on the images, Judge Everett said abuse victims in those images, "if they lived, will have been scarred for life".

He added: "These images are images of children who have been sexually abused, nothing more, nothing less, God knows when or where, anywhere in the world, placed on the internet for people like you, sadly, to access them.



"No-one can pretend that the people who committed these terrible offences won't go on and commit them anyway, because sadly people who do these things have distorted views of what a normal person should do.


"But when people like you download them, what you do is provide ready access for people to see this terrible abuse and unfortunately you give encouragement to people who do these things."


Let us know in the comments section below what you think about this sentence. The UK seems set against harsh penalties for sex crimes, this comes across as just another pathetic slap on the wrist for a repeat offender which puts the safety of our children at risk.

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