Drug dealer caught with hundreds of images of children

A cannabis dealer who became addicted to pornography in his early teens was caught with hundreds of sickening images of children.

During two police searches Jack Fowler, 27, was found to have nearly 150 images of children being raped and abused as well as £1,960 worth of cannabis.

Fowler, of Carbis Bay near St Ives, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and three charges possessing indecent images of children.

Prosecuting the case, Holly Rust, described how police first went to Fowler’s address is November 2017 after eight indecent images were linked to his address.

During the search officers found a cannabis haul as well as growing equipment and other paraphernalia such as scales.

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In May 2019 officers returned and seized further devices for inspection. On these devices there were found to be 149 Category A images of which 43 were movies, 67 Category B including 12 movies and 134 Category C including five movies.

In his first police interview Fowler claimed his email had been hacked.

Speaking on behalf of Fowler, Tony Ciocci from The Probation Service, told the court how Fowler moved to Cornwall aged 11 and during his early teens was confused about his sexuality.

Mr Ciocci said: “His demeanour exposed him to a lot of bullying and he became isolated and lonely.

“From his very early teens he started to access internet pornography which seemingly helped at first. But the images then became normalised and boundaries were pushed back to the point where accessing photographs of young boys became a significant part of his life.

“He is a young man who has struggled with his emotional state and is motivated to try and move on. He hasn’t tried to minimise his offending and wants to change.”

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Fowler was also said to be genuinely sorry to all those he hurt and ashamed to find himself in the dock.

Sentencing Fowler, Recorder John Trevaskis reminded Fowler that children were being abused because people like him create a demand for such material.

He added that he was satisfied the cannabis dealing was an attempt to discharge a drug debt and fund his own habit.

Recorded Trevaskis concluded that prison would have a detrimental effect on Fowler and any attempts to rehabilitate him.

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. He must also complete the Horizons programme, a rehabilitation activity requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Fowler was also made subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must now sign the sex offenders’ register.

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