Devon

Adrian White jailed over 'sadistic' child pornography

Adrian White
Image caption Films and 700 child abuse images were found White's home and work

A 52-year-old man has been jailed for 18 months for offences relating to indecent images of children.

Adrian White, of Colyton Hill, Colyton, used the alias "Mr Grippy" when he exchanged extreme images to fellow paedophiles, Exeter Crown Court heard.

White admitted 23 counts of making or possessing indecent images and four counts of distributing them.

Judge Mr Justice Butterfield said some extreme images of sadism involved children as young as one.

The court was told White lived in rural Devon and started to download pornographic images as a way of coping with the isolation.

Some of the most depraved images were sent to paedophiles he had met in internet chat rooms, where violent and sadistic fantasies were also exchanged.

White, who worked as an administrator at an electrical business in Axminster, was arrested in September last year after being traced through the images he had downloaded.

David Bowen, prosecuting, said films and about 700 still images of child abuse were found at White's home and work.

'Impossible to describe'

It involved children aged between one and 13, although most were in the younger age range, and 400 of the images were rated at the two worst levels.

Devon and Cornwall Police also found chat room logs which showed White exchanging extreme fantasies using the pen name of "Mr Grippy".

Nicola Smailes, defending, said White had lost his father and sister and was the sole carer for his 85-year-old mother and had used the images "as a comfort and escape at a difficult time".

But Mr Justice Butterfield told White his behaviour had contributed to the exploitation and abuse of young children, "some of which is impossible to describe".

"Some of this material is really quite extreme and involved elements of sadism on very young children," he said.

White's "shameful" offences had been made much worse by the fact he distributed some of the images, the judge added.

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