Bedford sex offender receives further sentence for 'vile and harmful' images of children

The teenager is serving a sentence for the sexual assault of two teenage girls

By Holly Patel
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 5:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 5:28 pm

A Bedford teenager has been further convicted, after being found guilty of possessing hundreds of indecent images of children.

Aaron Irvine, 19, of Thor Drive, was jailed in October for more than eight years for sexual assault and trespass with intent to commit sexual assault, following an eight-day trial in July.

As part of the investigation into this incident, Irvine’s mobile phone was inspected by a digital forensic examiner and found to contain a number of indecent images, graded from the more serious category A to category C, as well as prohibited images.

Aaron Irvine

At Luton Crown Court yesterday (Monday, March 2), following a two-day trial, Irvine was sentenced to 14 months to run concurrently with the jail term he is already serving.

In addition, he will be added to the Sex Offenders Register, and will be made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for ten years.

He was also invited to undergo sex offender treatment while in prison.

Her Honour Judge Barbara Mensah, presiding, said: “Indecent images of children are vile. You are mature and intelligent enough to know how they are vile, and how harmful they are.”

Detective Constable Kate Robinson, who investigated the case, said: “The contents of Irvine’s phone demonstrates the disturbing behaviour that he was not afraid to practise in real life. He will now hopefully get the help he needs before he can escalate.

“I hope the additional sentence handed to Irvine sends a robust message to those who also seek gratification by the abuse of children in this way.

“The viewing and sharing of indecent images of children, and material depicting child abuse, causes real harm to real children, and it is vital we investigate such crimes thoroughly.”