Pervert Bus Driver Watched Child Abuse Footage ‘Daily’

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An evil bus driver was found with 1,677 images of child and animal abuse on his laptop and phone.

When 60-year-old Paul Delaney’s laptop and iPhone were examined forensically, it was also discovered that he had kept disgusting footage of extreme animal abuse. Liverpool Crown Court heard on Friday June 10 that the discovery of his shameful activities had cost him his job and his long-term relationship.

A judge told Delaney that people who view such images encourage “others to continue their despicable trade”. Delaney pleaded guilty to five offenses including uploading indecent images of children in all three severity categories between October 30, 2018 and September 1, 2020. Possession of extreme porn involved four images.

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Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, said police, armed with a search warrant, raided the defendant’s home and then Circular Road West, Norris Green on September 3, 2020. Officers had received information that two email addresses linked to Delaney were receiving child pornography. pictures.

His electronic equipment was seized and examination revealed a total of 1,677 indecent photographs and videos. Judge David Aubrey, QC, told Delaney, who has no previous convictions, that for around 700 days he had “reviewed” indecent images showing young children being abused.

He said: “Which suggests to me that almost on a daily basis you would be browsing images downloaded to your laptop or phone. The images were sickening, they were depraved and I have no doubt that you were doing this because of a perverted sexual interest for young children.”

Judge Aubrey said Delaney likely viewed the footage after returning home from his job as a bus driver and behind closed doors. The court heard that the defendant now lives alone and voluntarily sought advice.

Delaney, now of Lower Hall Street, St Helens, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 20-day rehabilitation activities. Judge Aubrey also imposed a ten-year sexual abuse prevention order and ordered him to sign the sex offender registry for the same period.

Rachel Oakdene, defending, said Delaney did not face the grieving process after losing two brothers and his parents when he was younger and has now been diagnosed with depression.

Miss Oakdene said: ‘He lost his job, split up with his partner and cut ties with his friends. He leads a solitary existence.”

She added that he voluntarily sought counseling and was considered fit for mental health treatment.

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