April 2022

Paedophile jailed for possessing indecent images of children

A now three time convicted paedophile who was living a stone’s throw away from a primary school has been caught with a sickening collection of appalling indecent images of kids

Jason Rees was caught with more than 47,000 disgusting photos and videos of children after police raided his home.

The 51-year-old admitted he received ‘sexual gratification’ from viewing the images and that he was addicted to doing so.

He was told by a judge that his actions encourage a ‘vile trade’ and that the only appropriate sentence was a term of imprisonment.

Rees appeared to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting three counts of making and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

Kate Morley, prosecuting, explained how intelligence was received by police that an IP address was being used to access child sexual abuse and exploitation material.

This IP address was identified to be the defendant’s at his home address on Gregory Close in Old Hall, in which he was the sole occupant.

On September 2, 2020, officers from Cheshire Police’s sexual offences management unit executed a search warrant at his home and seized two mobile phones.

These were examined and on them they found 47,025 indecent images and videos of children.

Of these, 270 were graded category A – the highest category involving child rape – while 160 were category B and 46,602 were category C.

The material was predominantly of young girls aged up to 13 and as young as three.

The court heard that the offences occurred over a period of more than 10 years, while file names on his devices included ‘do it hard’ and ‘daddy’s little girl’.

Software had been installed on the devices to allow anonymous internet browsing, access to the dark web and measures to ensure the user’s activity could not be tracked.

Rees was arrested and admitted downloading the images during his police interview. To questions regarding the length of time he had possessed them and why he had downloaded them he gave no comment.

Ms Morley revealed to the court that the defendant has a previous conviction in 2009 for gross indecency with a child, for which he was sentenced to 15 months in prison and handed a sexual offences prevention order, which he then breached in 2012.

Before sentencing, judge Garrett Byrne said: “Every image you viewed represents an abused child, and your possession of them fuels the production of these disgusting images and encourages the vile trade.

“In my view, the offending is too serious for the sentence to be suspended.”

Rees was sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to comply with a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite period.

An order was also approved for the forfeiture and destruction of the two mobile phones used to download and view the images.