By Chris Willmott 12/04 Updated: 12/04 13:46
A SELF-CONFESSED paedophile who took and sold indecent pictures of boys, in what his barrister described as ‘a very unusual case,’ has been jailed for 16 months.
Dorian Cowland (pictured) had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to possessing 1,000 indecent photographs of children in October 2010 with a view to distributing them.
Cowland (62) of Kelsey Lane, Balsall Common, also admitted ten charges of distributing portfolios of indecent images to ten named men on dates between March and October 2010.
Prosecutor Neil Bannister said that in 2010 officers from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency had been conducting enquiries into a chat site where people ‘discuss their predilections for young boys.’
One posting was from someone using the name ‘Tin Biscuit’ which was traced to Cowland.
The local police were informed, and in October that year officers went to his home where they seized two boxes of boys’ clothing, cameras and computer equipment.
Asked about the chat site Cowland, who was jailed for four years in 1988 for indecently assaulting a ten-year-old boy and taking indecent photographs of him, said he did not visit the chat site very often.
But Cowland, who said he had been living in Spain, then went on to explain that when he did so it was to prevent pictures he sold being used on the site.
He revealed he had a website he had set up 11 years ago to sell CDs he had made through his own film company.
“He said he sold legal images and hired child models from agencies in Spain and rented a villa and took images of children, but said he had not done so since 2009.”
Cowland described himself as ‘a paedophile but not an active one,’ and said he believed indecent images were ones in which the private parts were shown, which his did not.
When his computer was examined it contained a total of 23,673 images of boys, of which ten to 15 per cent were indecent and featured boys aged 10 to 13 in erotic poses in states of partial undress although wearing shorts.
All the pictures in the case were classed as ‘level one,’ which is the lowest level of seriousness on a scale set out by the Court of Appeal.
And Kristina Montgomery, defending, commented said Cowland’s website made it plain there were no nude images available.
Asking the judge to pass a community order with a sex offender treatment programme, she said: “What he wants more than anything else is not to touch another child in any way and not to see another child being touched."
But jailing Cowland and ordering him to register as a sex offender for ten years, Recorder Peter Cooke told him: “I am sentencing a man who was running an internet business which was making significant sums of money from selling indecent images of young boys."
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