A 25-year-old man has been jailed for downloading and distributing thousands of indecent images and videos of children as young as six months old.
Andrew Stephen Pallot was jailed for three years yesterday and placed on the sex offenders’ register for a minimum of seven years, after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images and one charge of distributing indecent images.
He was found to have downloaded 1,330 images and 1,194 videos of children, and to have distributed 1,006 images and videos between April and November last year.
Of all the content found on Pallot’s phone, 223 of the images and 553 of the videos were category A, which is considered the most serious.
Crown Advocate Lauren Hallam, prosecuting, told the Superior Number of the Royal Court, which sits for Jersey’s most serious cases, that Pallot was arrested on November 29, 2021 after state police received intelligence that an internet user had uploaded a category A and three category . B indecent images for the web.
Following his arrest, a number of devices were seized. Evidence on a mobile phone showed that the content had mainly been accessed and distributed using the Telegram messaging app.
The defendant was interviewed and immediately confessed, claiming that the “voice in his head” had told him to do so.
Pallot also admitted that he created an Instagram profile in which he posed as a 15-year-old boy and chatted with other young users.
There was no evidence to suggest this profile was related to any of the allegations, the court heard.
Solicitor Hallam said: “The indecent images mainly related to male children aged six to 14. Some of the indecent images showed children outside this spectrum.
“The Category A films included videos of babies aged six to 18 months. The indecent images included images of sexual activity between children and between children and adults.’
Barrister Sarah Dale, defending, pushed for a shorter custodial sentence and argued that the defendant should be given full credit for his early guilty pleas.
She told the court that Pallot, who had no previous convictions, had made significant efforts to turn his life around while in custody.
She said he had been attending regular therapy sessions and had met the psychology team at HMP La Moye to try to better understand his behaviour.
During sentencing, Deputy Bailiff Robert MacRae said the court accepted Pallot was embarrassed by his actions, but added the volume of downloaded images was an aggravating factor.
Jurats Collette Crill, Robert Christensen, Steven Austin-Vautier, Joanne Averty and Andrew Cornish sat.
DC Allan Bale, from the State Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: ‘These are not victimless crimes.
“These images cause real harm to real children and the viewing and creation of indecent images like these creates demand and thus leads to further abuse.
“Any form of abuse against children will not be tolerated and Jersey Police is committed to targeting those who offend in this way.”