Benjamin Ashman, 37, jailed for 18 months after admitting having 20,000 indecent images of children and 650 movies

JAILED: Pervert with 20,000 indecent images of children and 650 movies sentenced to 18 months

JAILED: Pervert with 20,000 indecent images of children and 650 movies sentenced to 18 months

JAILED: Pervert with 20,000 indecent images of children and 650 movies sentenced to 18 months

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A PERVERT has been jailed for possessing thousands of images of children subjected to “all types of sexual degradation”.

Benjamin John Ashman, 37, had admitted having nearly 20,000 indecent images and nearly 650 movies at levels 1-5 - the most extreme - and also had 75 still and moving images involving animals.

Judge Peter Johnson and the prosecution and defence counsel viewed some of the images in chambers during the hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday.

Sentencing Ashman to 18 months' imprisonment, the Judge said: “They involve some children who are babes in arms, numerous victims of all types of sexual degradation, clearly in distress.

“They are the true innocent victims in this.”

Ashman, of Hyde Road, Bournemouth, was living in Verwood at the time of the offences between January 2010 and August 2012.

He had also pleaded guilty to taking and distributing an image of a young child crawling on all fours, and distributing four other lower-level images online via a file sharing site.

Prosecutor Stuart Ellacott said Ashman, a self-employed cleaning products salesman, had sent the photograph he took to another man, and he read out an exchange of texts between the pair in which Ashman described getting the picture as “fun”.

In a later message he invited the man over for “special stuff”.

In mitigation, Nicholas Robinson said that, at the time of the offences, Ashman's husband was “away a lot”, he was “in drink more often than he should have been”, and he “found himself in an online community”.

“He has no previous convictions, he has shown remorse,” he said.

However Judge Johnson told Ashman the time to show remorse was when the police were investigating his crimes and he refused to divulge passwords for his encrypted documents.

Ashman, who changed his name to Luke Smith but later changed it back again, was ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for 10 years, and made subject to an indefinite sexual offences prevention order restricting his access to children and computers.

He pleaded not guilty to a further charge of distributing a level 4 movie and no evidence was offered by the Crown.

Dorset Police's POLIT investigation

He was caught as a result of a focused investigation carried out by an officer from Dorset Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT).

Ashman was identified after another police force informed Dorset POLIT that he had been in conversation with another convicted sex offender with a recovered conversation being found on a computer.

This was the largest child indecent image case ever investigated by Dorset Police and required a dedicated team due to the sensitivity and specialised investigative methods used.

Detectives from POLIT and Dorset Police’s High Tech Crime Unit spent hours analysing extreme and horrific material of the worst classification of abuse found on Ashman’s computer.

Director of Public Protection, Acting Detective Superintendent Chris Naughton said: “We are using technology to combat offenders who use the internet as weapon to attack and abuse children.

“We will track you, we will arrest you and we will convict you with the severest sentence at our disposal.

“I also urge those abusing children to seek professional help from either their GP or another professional organisation such as Stop it Now! of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

“Targeting criminals in cyber space and safeguarding children from serious harm remains a priority for Dorset Police in 2014 and beyond.”

The Paedophile Online Investigation Team can be contacted on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

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9:02am Tue 6 May 14

billy bumble says...

It seems to me that ALL judges are halitosed , nose picking cretins


18 MONTHS??????????????
???????????????
It seems to me that ALL judges are halitosed , nose picking cretins 18 MONTHS?????????????? ??????????????? billy bumble
  • Score: 32

9:04am Tue 6 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Surely if he is a danger to children then he should be on the sex offenders list for life, why take him of in ten years time when he will then be 47?
Surely if he is a danger to children then he should be on the sex offenders list for life, why take him of in ten years time when he will then be 47? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 46

9:42am Tue 6 May 14

Tripod says...

I feel like I need a shower after reading that, Yuk!
I feel like I need a shower after reading that, Yuk! Tripod
  • Score: 17

12:07pm Tue 6 May 14

Mejulie1967 says...

In other news, a petty thief had his limbs hacked off with blunt knives in Somalia this week and a woman was stoned to death for not wearing her veil. They should have come to Britain, where vile peadophiles get a slap on the wrist and serve a few months in a hotel. It actually enrages me. This man will be a predator for life. He should be subjected to hard labour for life.
In other news, a petty thief had his limbs hacked off with blunt knives in Somalia this week and a woman was stoned to death for not wearing her veil. They should have come to Britain, where vile peadophiles get a slap on the wrist and serve a few months in a hotel. It actually enrages me. This man will be a predator for life. He should be subjected to hard labour for life. Mejulie1967
  • Score: 20

12:53pm Tue 6 May 14

Adrian XX says...

We read about one case almost weekly and that is just in Poole and Bournemouth. An interest in indecent images of children is endemic in our society. Have we caused it in some way? What can we genuinely do to fix it? Harsh sentences have not won the "war on drugs" so we cannot expect harsh sentences to win the war on child abuse.

We need to focus more on the originators of these images and not get too worked up about the consumers. I am pretty sure that only a minute fraction of consumers ever become producers and it is quite likely that the producers have zero interest in children sexually: they are just abusing them for the money. (The same way that high-level heroin dealers and producers are not addicts).
We read about one case almost weekly and that is just in Poole and Bournemouth. An interest in indecent images of children is endemic in our society. Have we caused it in some way? What can we genuinely do to fix it? Harsh sentences have not won the "war on drugs" so we cannot expect harsh sentences to win the war on child abuse. We need to focus more on the originators of these images and not get too worked up about the consumers. I am pretty sure that only a minute fraction of consumers ever become producers and it is quite likely that the producers have zero interest in children sexually: they are just abusing them for the money. (The same way that high-level heroin dealers and producers are not addicts). Adrian XX
  • Score: 6

1:43pm Tue 6 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I don't see the point of having 20,000 images of ANYTHING.

If you were to view every one for 5 seconds it would take you over 27 hours to get through them.

It would make your eyes go blurry ay the very least.
I don't see the point of having 20,000 images of ANYTHING. If you were to view every one for 5 seconds it would take you over 27 hours to get through them. It would make your eyes go blurry ay the very least. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -10

1:45pm Tue 6 May 14

KLH says...

He'd have got triple that and more if he diddled the government out of a few quid.....
He'd have got triple that and more if he diddled the government out of a few quid..... KLH
  • Score: 16

3:52pm Tue 6 May 14

grumpyolddear says...

Adrian XX wrote:
We read about one case almost weekly and that is just in Poole and Bournemouth. An interest in indecent images of children is endemic in our society. Have we caused it in some way? What can we genuinely do to fix it? Harsh sentences have not won the "war on drugs" so we cannot expect harsh sentences to win the war on child abuse.

We need to focus more on the originators of these images and not get too worked up about the consumers. I am pretty sure that only a minute fraction of consumers ever become producers and it is quite likely that the producers have zero interest in children sexually: they are just abusing them for the money. (The same way that high-level heroin dealers and producers are not addicts).
If there are no consumers there is no market! The abuse is perpetuated to satisfy the demand.

Is reproduction not also producing and image?
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: We read about one case almost weekly and that is just in Poole and Bournemouth. An interest in indecent images of children is endemic in our society. Have we caused it in some way? What can we genuinely do to fix it? Harsh sentences have not won the "war on drugs" so we cannot expect harsh sentences to win the war on child abuse. We need to focus more on the originators of these images and not get too worked up about the consumers. I am pretty sure that only a minute fraction of consumers ever become producers and it is quite likely that the producers have zero interest in children sexually: they are just abusing them for the money. (The same way that high-level heroin dealers and producers are not addicts).[/p][/quote]If there are no consumers there is no market! The abuse is perpetuated to satisfy the demand. Is reproduction not also producing and image? grumpyolddear
  • Score: -3

4:27pm Tue 6 May 14

Adrian XX says...

grumpyolddear wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
We read about one case almost weekly and that is just in Poole and Bournemouth. An interest in indecent images of children is endemic in our society. Have we caused it in some way? What can we genuinely do to fix it? Harsh sentences have not won the "war on drugs" so we cannot expect harsh sentences to win the war on child abuse.

We need to focus more on the originators of these images and not get too worked up about the consumers. I am pretty sure that only a minute fraction of consumers ever become producers and it is quite likely that the producers have zero interest in children sexually: they are just abusing them for the money. (The same way that high-level heroin dealers and producers are not addicts).
If there are no consumers there is no market! The abuse is perpetuated to satisfy the demand.

Is reproduction not also producing and image?
It is obvious that if there are no consumers there is no market, but the point is there will always be consumers. Producers understand that there will always be a market, because new consumers are arriving on the market all the time in the same way that there are always new people willing to try narcotics.
[quote][p][bold]grumpyolddear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: We read about one case almost weekly and that is just in Poole and Bournemouth. An interest in indecent images of children is endemic in our society. Have we caused it in some way? What can we genuinely do to fix it? Harsh sentences have not won the "war on drugs" so we cannot expect harsh sentences to win the war on child abuse. We need to focus more on the originators of these images and not get too worked up about the consumers. I am pretty sure that only a minute fraction of consumers ever become producers and it is quite likely that the producers have zero interest in children sexually: they are just abusing them for the money. (The same way that high-level heroin dealers and producers are not addicts).[/p][/quote]If there are no consumers there is no market! The abuse is perpetuated to satisfy the demand. Is reproduction not also producing and image?[/p][/quote]It is obvious that if there are no consumers there is no market, but the point is there will always be consumers. Producers understand that there will always be a market, because new consumers are arriving on the market all the time in the same way that there are always new people willing to try narcotics. Adrian XX
  • Score: 6

4:29pm Tue 6 May 14

chunka89 says...

Judge Peter Johnson you are a Joke to Bournemouth and a joke to British justice! Why on earth does he only get 18 months - this is laughable!
Judge Peter Johnson you are a Joke to Bournemouth and a joke to British justice! Why on earth does he only get 18 months - this is laughable! chunka89
  • Score: 1

10:06am Wed 7 May 14

MngsMnr says...

Prison isn't punishment!
They should be handed over to the drug companies for experimentation.
Innocent little monkeys and other animals are caged and made to suffer. They did nothing wrong. Yet the likes of this man are caged without hardship or suffering.
Prison isn't punishment! They should be handed over to the drug companies for experimentation. Innocent little monkeys and other animals are caged and made to suffer. They did nothing wrong. Yet the likes of this man are caged without hardship or suffering. MngsMnr
  • Score: 3

11:39am Wed 7 May 14

CharlotteP says...

PLEASE INCREASE THIS SENTENCE!! I am sick to my stomach reading this. Those poor, poor children are exploited by this kind of man - they have to be stopped - how is an 18 month sentence in any way a deterrent??
PLEASE INCREASE THIS SENTENCE!! I am sick to my stomach reading this. Those poor, poor children are exploited by this kind of man - they have to be stopped - how is an 18 month sentence in any way a deterrent?? CharlotteP
  • Score: 0

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