Pervert admits downloading sick child abuse images

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A 33-year-old pervert has admitted downloading sick child abuse images of girls as young as 10.

Derby Crown Court was told how Richard Donoher has previous convictions for inciting an underage girl into sexual activity and indecent assault against a girl.

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said police raided his Matlock home after intelligence was received that he had indecent images of girls “aged 10 to 13” on his electronic devices.

They were analysed and found to contain two of the most serious category A movies and 166 of category C.

She said there was also evidence that he had been looking for more sick images through a search engine.

Miss Slater said: “The majority of the images were found on Apple hardware seized and analysed when they carried out a warrant at the defendant’s address.

“They found two category A movies and 166 category C.

“There were also links found on his hard drive that showed he had been searching the internet for indecent images of children.

“The girls were aged between 10 and 13 and he was interviewed twice about them.

“On both occasions he gave ‘no comment’ answers to the questions he was asked.”

Miss Slater said Donoher, of Woolley Road, Matlock, was convicted of indecent assault in 2001 and of inciting an underage child into sexual activity in 2010 when he sent sexually explicit messages to a 13-year-old girl.

She said he received a three-year community order for that offence with specialist sex offender treatment from the probation service.

Donoher’s sentencing hearing has been adjourned to July 19 at the same court while the specific terms of a sexual harm prevention order are finalised.

Judge Jonathan Bennett asked his defence barrister, Jon Hullis: “Do his employers know about his previous convictions?”

Mr Hullis replied: “No.”

An NSPCC spokesman said: “By searching for and viewing this horrific material, Donoher was fuelling an industry that trades on the pain and suffering of vulnerable children.

“Behind every picture or video are real children being subjected to sickening abuse and harm.

“Tech companies, Government and law enforcement agencies must work together to cut this vile material off at the source.”

- This story first appeared on Derbyshire Live.