June 2022

‘Dirty old man’ from Derbyshire addicted to vile child abuse images ‘like an alcoholic’

A “dirty old man” from Derbyshire who keeps getting caught with sick child abuse images of underage boys told police “I just can’t stop it – like an alcoholic”.

Derby Crown Court heard how pensioner Michael Brewer-Taylor’s latest offence saw police find more than 100 horrific images and films on his laptop.

The 72-year-old also had cleaning software on his computer which he would use to delete his browsing history.

And the defendant’s sentencing hearing was told he had been carrying out similar offences for around two decades.

Jailing him for 32 months, Recorder Adrian Reynolds said: “There are young kids being forced into sexual activity that they either don’t understand or don’t consent to for the gratification of a dirty old man like you. What am I supposed to do with someone like you?

“You have been doing this for 20-odd years now and I have read a thoroughly written report about you and in it you come across as a totally deceitful man.

“You turn up for the meetings and say the right things but behind this you don’t change at all. It gives me no pleasure at all to send someone of your age to prison but you have given me no choice whatsoever.”

Leanne Summers, prosecuting, said Brewer-Taylor has been supervised by experts since being released from his last prison sentence for possessing indecent images of children.

She said two police officers arrived unannounced at his home in Heanor on June 23, 2020, and while one of them spoke to him the other checked his computer.

The prosecutor said: “The officer noticed on the home screen mentions of ‘boy’ and ‘teen’ and when he clicked on them that led them to indecent images. There were 36 of (the most serious) category A, 94 category B and 67 category C.

“There were also Google searches that suggested he had been looking for child sex pornography.”

Miss Summers said also on the computer was cleaning software which would be capable of erasing the user’s browsing history which the defendant was not allowed to have as part of a previously-imposed sexual harm prevention order.

She said in his interview he denied having any illegal material and instead suggested the images were legal and that those pictured were aged 18 and over.

The prosecutor said that in 2013 Brewer-Taylor was arrested and convicted of having indecent images of children.

Miss Summers said: “When asked about those images he told the police ‘I just can’t stop it – like an alcoholic’.”

The defendant, of Buxton Avenue, pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

As well as the jail sentence, Recorder Reynolds handed Brewer-Taylor a fresh lifetime sexual harm prevention order. He will also be on the sex offender register for life.

May 2014

Jailed Derbyshire child abuse images pervert says: ‘I can’t help myself’

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A pervert convicted for the third time of having indecent images of children told police: “I’m addicted, like an alcoholic – I cannot help myself”.

Michael Brewer-Taylor admitted downloading nearly 300 indecent photographs ranging from category one to five – with five being the worst level.

The 64-year-old, who also pleaded guilty to having illegal pornography, was yesterday jailed at Derby Crown Court for 20 months.

The court heard that police found the images after seizing three computers and a hard-drive from Brewer-Taylor’s house in May last year.

He was arrested and released on bail and then in August police discovered that he had bought himself another computer and downloaded more images – 29, ranging from categories one to four, were found.

Prosecutor James Varley said that in 1996 Brewer-Taylor had been sent to prison for three months, which was reduced to one month on appeal, for attempting to distribute indecent images of children.

Then in 2000, he was sent on a three-year sex offenders’ programme for possessing indecent images of children.

Jailing Brewer-Taylor, Judge John Burgess said: “If you do anything like this again, it won’t be 20 months it will be several years, do you understand?”

Judge Burgess told Brewer-Taylor: “You are one of those people who likes watching little children being abused. It may be when you are sitting watching your computer you don’t think about the consequences to these children, but the fact is there would not be a market for these images if it wasn’t for people like you.”

Will Bennett, in mitigation, said: “He’s obviously a man with real difficulties in relation to these perverted images and is living an extremely lonely, sad and rather pathetic existence.”

Brewer-Taylor, of Buxton Avenue, Heanor, was told he must sign the sex offenders’ register and obey a sexual offences prevention order, which prohibits him from having software that deletes his internet history.