David Ayling – Camborne
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Camborne support worker used client’s wi-fi to access child abuse images
A former support worker has evaded prison after using his vulnerable client’s wi-fi password to view hundreds of disturbing child abuse images.
David Ayling, 41, admitted using various app chatrooms to be sent indecent images of children but claimed he had no sexual interest in them.
Ayling, of Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence on Thursday, September 7, after being found in possession of 126 Category A images and movies, 114 Category B images and movies, and 64 Category C images and movies of children.
The court heard how the children involved were both male and female, aged between three and 17 and suffered “discernible pain and distress”.
Ayling had been working as a mental health support worker at the time of the offences between December 2020 and September 2021 but consequently lost his job.
The age and vulnerability of the children in the images was said to be an aggravating factor in the case, as well as the large number of victims and the lengthy nine-month period they were in Ayling’s possession.
He also had in his possession two extreme pornographic images depicting sexual intercourse with dogs. Many of the images were accessed using the Telegram app which the defendant started to use after disabling the app Kik.
He admitted he’d used Kik chatrooms like Playroom and Teams to be sent indecent images of children. He claimed he did not want child sex abuse imagery so deleted the Kik app in February 2021 and denied having a sexual interest in children.
He then accessed the internet while working at the home of his vulnerable client, which was generally against company policy. He however denied he made use of the client’s internet connection in an attempt to conceal what he was doing, saying his wi-fi connection was poor at home.
During his sentencing, Judge Robert Linford said: “The material that was found by police on your telephone were images of children, some as young as three. These were children being sexually molested, they were being raped, they were being exposed.
“Some of them were crying, some of them were in pain. How on Earth people get sexual gratification from viewing this sort of material is utterly beyond the comprehension of right-thinking people.
“These are little girls, little boys, someone’s son, someone’s daughter, someone’s granddaughter, someone’s niece, someone’s nephew – being molested for the sexual gratification of people such as you. You need to think about that as I understand a child is about to born into your family. What would you think if that child was sexually molested?”
Judge Linford said it would usually be a case for custodial sentence but there were prospects of rehabilitation.
He also said Ayling’s having to wait two years to appear in court was of equal relevance and that others would suffer if he were to be sentenced to prison. He was given a sentence of 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
He will also have to partake in a rehabilitation activity for 30 days and complete 180 hours of unpaid work in addition to being made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) and made to sign the sex offenders register for a period of ten years.