Pensioner admits to indecent child movie and photo charge

North Somerset Courthouse

North Somerset Courthouse - Credit: Archant

A pensioner with a ‘desire’ to look at pictures of young boys has admitted making an indecent photograph and a movie of children.

Appearing at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Monday, Peter Carter, aged 68, pleaded guilty to making an indecent photograph of a child between May 2011 and February 2012 and making an indecent movie file of a child in August 2011.

Mike Collins, prosecuting, said the image and movie included boys aged 12-15 and that Carter is already on the sexual offenders’ registrar following an indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy in July 2003.

In mitigation, Anjam Arif said: “In summer 2011 he (Carter) had a desire to look at pictures of young boys.

“What started off as looking at young boys posing, which were not erotic, led to looking at these types of pictures. Then he realised he should not be doing it and sought help at his own Methodist church and a centre in Birmingham.”


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Mr Arif also told the court the image and movie file were not originally created by Carter - rather, a copy was made when they were downloaded.

The court also heard the movie was three minutes long and rated as a category four image, which is the second most serious rating for child sex images.

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The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) provided police with information relating to images being uploaded and linked the website address to Carter and his home in Sunnyside Road.

Mr Arif said: “Mr Carter has never viewed the movie file.

“He had a desire to view these kinds of pictures on the internet, downloaded them and attached to the image was a movie file.

“It was downloaded in such a way that he was not able to access it but it was stored on his computer. He does accept the content would have been indecent because it was downloaded with this other file.

“None of these images were ever shown to anyone else or distributed and he accepts viewing them for his own desire.

“All his life he has remained a good citizen, holding down a job at the post office and he appreciates this is a serious offence.

“He is someone who is in poor health and has suffered from kidney cancer. He has also had a heart operation, which he has medication for, so he will not be able to do any unpaid work.”

Carter will appear at North Somerset Courthouse again on May 20 to be sentenced.

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