Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Jailed paedophile admits to child porn on PC

A paedophile already in jail for abusing his step-children has been jailed for eight months after he admitted downloading 56 indecent images of children.

Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday that police uncovered the photographs on Robert Pedlow's computer when they were investigating him for abusing his step-son and step-daughter in October 2007.

Last August Pedlow, from Gleenkeen Avenue in Greenisland, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after a jury convicted him of indecent assault and gross indecency, committed against his step-children while their mother was out training to be a police officer.

Yesterday prosecuting lawyer Ian Tannahill described how Pedlow tried to hide the images on his computer in concealed files with neither a name nor an icon visible on the desktop.

He told the court: “On the screen saver one would have seen a very small area, like a disruption on the screen. There was no name and no obvious position on the screen but there was a hidden folder and when that was clicked, there were further hidden folders within the system.”

During police interviews Pedlow admitted he had hidden the folders because he did not want friends seeing it and later pleaded guilty to 24 counts of making indecent images of children on various dates between September and October 2007.

Mr Tannahill revealed that in further investigations last year police seized another laptop, a camera, memory sticks and numerous CDs, and although all were examined, none was found to contain offensive material.

Defence QC John McCrudden argued that proved Pedlow had “learnt his lesson” and added there was no suggestion of him having sent any of the photographs to anyone else.

Following the convictions last year, Pedlow lodged an appeal against them and the lawyer revealed that the appeal is due to be heard this October, arguing that Judge Tom Burgess should not take the convictions into account when sentencing him just in case the convictions are quashed.

In jailing Pedlow for eight months, the judge agreed he was not taking them into account as, if the convictions are upheld, the Court of Appeal will reflect that in its decision. He told Pedlow, whom he ordered to sign the police sex offenders register, all the images were “abhorrent”.

Judge Burgess also banned Pedlow from using any computer which did not have monitoring software installed.

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