Pae­dophile spared jail for mak­ing child sex im­ages

Nurs­ery worker had up­loaded sev­eral pic­tures to the in­ter­net

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A WEST Dray­ton pae­dophile who worked in a chil­dren’s nurs­ery un­de­tected for six years has been spared jail.

Mark Curl, 55, of Bell Av­enue, ad­mit­ted 11 counts of mak­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren and one count of dis­tribut­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, at Isle­worth Crown Court on Fri­day Jan­uary 29.

As well as work­ing at Ma­jor Mi­nors nurs­ery in Goldalm­ing, Sur­rey, Curl had even babysat for chil­dren there, al­though none of the dis­turb­ing im­ages found in his pos­ses­sion re­lated to chil­dren at the nurs­ery.

Curl, who was found to have a child’s un­der­wear in his bed­room, pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing im­ages rang­ing in sever­ity, in­clud­ing the most ex­treme Cat­e­gory A im­ages on his mo­bile phone, lap­top and a mem­ory card.

The shamed nurs­ery worker had up­loaded sick im­ages of chil­dren to the in­ter­net.

It was the up­load­ing of th­ese im­ages that led to de­tec­tives trac­ing Curl, at the home he shared with his mother.

They en­tered his home with a search war­rant and seized elec­tronic items from his bed­room. He was then ar­rested and cau­tioned at his work­place in Oc­to­ber last year.

Curl told the po­lice at the time: “I’m go­ing to prison aren’t I?”

Later he claimed: “I’ve never acted on any­thing and I’m left with chil­dren all the time – I would never abuse them.”

When asked about the un­der­wear, he said: “It’s a fetish I sup­pose.”

The court was told the Curl had been of “good char­ac­ter of 55 years” and he pro­vided full and frank co-op­er­a­tion dur­ing the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion as well as show­ing re­morse.

Curl, who ap­peared in the dock dressed in a ma­roon jumper, could be seen wail­ing and with his head in his hands as the ev­i­dence against him was read out.

De­fend­ing Mr Burn­ham said: “He’s a sad and lonely man who has never had a part­ner and lives with his mother. This man does not fit the pro­file that likely poses a risk to chil­dren.”

Judge Ed­munds said the im­ages Curl was view­ing showed chil­dren be­ing “grossly and ap­pallingly abused”.

The de­fen­dant was made sub­ject to an in­def­i­nite Sex­ual Of­fences Preven­tion Or­der and is banned from work­ing with chil­dren.

He added: “The of­fences are so se­ri­ous that noth­ing but a cus­to­dial sen­tence can be passed, but will be sus­pended so that your of­fend­ing be­hav­iour can be ad­dressed.”

His sen­tence of 16 months in prison has been sus­pended for two years.

Busy Bees, which owns the Goldaming Ma­jor Mi­nors Nurs­ery, con­firmed Mark Curl was a for­mer em­ployee.

A spokesper­son said: “Since his ar­rest in Oc­to­ber for pos­ses­sion of four in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren we have been li­ais­ing with all agen­cies and have pro­vided any in­for­ma­tion they re­quested.

“Af­ter a rig­or­ous and in­tense in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice it is with great re­lief we now have been cat­e­gor­i­cally told that there is no link be­tween the ac­tiv­i­ties of this in­di­vid­ual and the nurs­ery or the chil­dren who at­tend.”

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