Paedophile caught with over a million sex abuse images spared jail

Child image case

Darren Brazier

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A man who had over a million indecent images of children has been spared jail for the third time, despite having a suspended sentence for the same offence.

Darren Brazier, 36, was given a second chance by a judge in 2010 after being caught with over 100,000 pictures and videos of children, but within five months was caught downloading images of child rape on to his computers, tablets and phone.

When police caught up with him almost seven years later, they found that Brazier, from Swindon, had racked up a new collection of over one million.

However, a judge at Swindon Crown Court has given Brazier a third chance to avoid jail after hearing he has been seeing a counsellor in the 17 months since his latest arrest.

Defending Brazier, Lucie Stoker said that in January last year he had started seeing a counsellor as he tried to address his addiction.

The court heard that the current sex offenders programme was less rigorous than the one he completed last time, but similar to anything done in custody.

Judge Jason Taylor QC imposed a 22-month jail term suspended for two years and told Brazier to complete the Horizon sexual offenders’ programme, after he pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children and having prohibited images.

He must also abide by a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and register as a sex offender.

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