Per­vert re­vealed sex­ual fan­tasies to po­lice of­fi­cer

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By Court Re­porter

A for­mer Hal­i­fax man has been jailed for 20 months af­ter he re­vealed his per­verted sex fan­tasies to an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer who in­fil­trated a pae­dophile chat room. When of­fi­cers ar­rested Ian Mac­Don­ald, 48, in May last year they seized com­puter equip­ment con­tain­ing more than 600 in­de­cent im­ages and movies of chil­dren and when he was quizzed by po­lice he con­fessed to dis­tribut­ing the ma­te­rial to other pae­dophiles.

Judge Jonathan Rose told Mac­don­ald: ”The pos­ses­sion of such im­ages by pae­dophiles such as you, for that is what you are, is for one pur­pose only.

“It is to sat­isfy the per­verted sex­ual long­ings of an adult for a child. To pro­vide ma­te­rial by the use of which you gain sex­ual plea­sure.”

Judge Rose said ev­ery child in­volved the im­ages or movies had been di­rectly abused and added: ”This is not a vic­tim­less crime.

“It is a crime in which, for your sex­ual plea­sure, hun­dreds of chil­dren have been sub­jected to an of­fence which is known to the law as rape.”

The judge told Mac­Don­ald that the im­ages would not be on the in­ter­net un­less there was a mar­ket for them and the de­fen­dant had to share some re­spon­si­bil­ity for the abuse suf­fered by the chil­dren.

But Judge Rose said Mac­Don­ald’s of­fend­ing was more se­ri­ous be­cause he had ad­mit­ted dis­tribut­ing ma­te­rial to other per­verted in­di­vid­u­als.

“So you are re­spon­si­ble, Ian Mac­Don­ald, for spread­ing the mis­ery and suf­fer­ing of those chil­dren to oth­ers who will doubt­less use them for their sex­ual plea­sure and pass them on.”

Judge Rose said Mac­Don­ald had also spo­ken about his de­sire to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child.

Jail­ing Mac­Don­ald, who now lives in York, the judge said the sen­tence was in­tended to demon­strate to other “men of per­ver­sion” that those in­volved in the mak­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of such im­ages would go to prison.

Mac­Don­ald, who had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, ad­mit­ted charges re­lat­ing to the pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of in­de­cent im­ages at an ear­lier hear­ing be­fore Calderdale mag­is­trates and Brad­ford Crown Court heard that he had ex­pressed re­morse for his of­fend­ing.

Af­ter read­ing ref­er­ences which spoke highly of MacDon­dald Judge Rose noted that the au­thors had been shocked by news of his crimes.

Mac­Don­ald will now be sub­ject to an in­def­i­nite sex­ual harm preven­tion or­der and he must also register as a sex of­fender with the po­lice of the next 10 years.

Ian McDon­ald was sen­tenced to 20 months at Brad­ford Crown Court .

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