Report by Alex Evans, Reporter
Friday, June 8, 2012
A MAN has been handed a community order after downloading images of children from a hacked recipe website.
Russell Parsley, aged 51, of Taunton Road, Worle, was found to have more then 550 child abuse images on his computer when police seized it in May 2011.
Police went to Parsley’s home after an investigation, which started in March 2010 into a recipe website which was hacked.
Users of a particular type of software (known as file-sharing software) then accessed the bank of indecent images which were planted on the site – although legitimate site users were not able to access them.
The site retained the details of all those who accessed the images – and police traced Parsley’s laptop.
In his first interview with police, Parsley told them, ‘I am not what you think I am’, Nadeem Aullybocus, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court on June 6.
Parsley had earlier pleaded guilty to eight charges of making indecent images of children at North Somerset Courthouse, on May 14.
Judge Carol Hagan said: “These children suffer because they are made to take part in these images.
“The small number of images, his frank admission at the earliest possible stage, his guilty plea at the earliest possible stage, while not minimising the seriousness, do mitigate the seriousness.”
Parsley was handed a three-year community order three years to attend an internet sexual offenders programme, with a supervision requirement for 36 months.
He was also given a five-year sexual offences prevention order with three conditions.
The conditions outlined were that Parsley is not to use the internet to access pornography, not to use or install any file-sharing software and is not to delete the internet history of any computer he uses.
He was also told to sign the sex offenders’ register, which the court was told he has already done.