Paedo’s wife informed police of perv’s toddler pics after he confessed to her

A paedophile was convicted of downloading indecent images of children after his wife told police he had confessed to her.

Married dad Allan Boardman's computer was seized when police searched his family's home near St Helens, Merseyside.

But before the hard drive was analysed, his partner Denise Boardman told officers that they had separated. She revealed her 67-year-old husband had confessed to her that he had been looking at child abuse photos.

Boardman later claimed he only did it because he knew someone who had been molested and wanted to understand why.

A judge at Liverpool Crown Court said he was in denial, but spared the pervert jail after hearing he was in poor health and would be "vulnerable" in prison.

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Police received intelligence there may be indecent images available for sharing online at the family's house in Amanda Road, Rainhill.

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said officers went to the address on April 11 last year, when Boardman was present with his stepson, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Police explained why they were there and asked the pair if they had any knowledge of the material, to which they both said no.

However, when asked whether they had ever seen such images when using peer to peer software, Boardman replied: "Yes, I have."

His wife spoke to the police on June 13 and when the computer was analysed, officers found evidence of 24 indecent images.

Blasbery said there were six Category A files – the most serious category depicting rape – of girls aged eight to 13. There were six Category B images, showing girls aged seven to 10, and 12 Category C images, of girls aged two to six.

A further 65 extreme porn files were detected, along with evidence of search terms he used, including "pre-teen" and "incest".

When interviewed on December 12, the pervert confirmed he was no longer living at the house because of his behaviour.

He then suggested he looked at the files to gain "insight" into what motivated a sexual abuser to molest someone he knew.

Blasbery said: "He denied that he was sexually aroused or attracted by children and said he was disgusted."

When questioned about downloading images, Boardman "stated he was curious and felt it was humorous".

Blasbery said: "He confirmed he had not been aware it was illegal to do so."

The OAP concluded by saying he didn't "feel anything" when viewing the files and denied that he was a risk to children.

Boardman, now of Lyon Close, St Helens, admitted three counts of making and one count of possessing indecent images of children, plus possessing extreme pornographic material, before magistrates.

Ben Jones, defending, said: "I have no doubt your honour will find there must have been some element of sexual gratification in what he did, but for what it's worth all the images he thought were illegal – ie the children's images – had been deleted from the computer."

Judge Byrne said a report indicated Boardman had a good prospect of rehabilitation, he was of previous good character, had full credit for his guilty pleas, and was not in good health.

The judge said the impact of prison would, therefore, be "great" upon him and he had to take into account the impact of serving a jail sentence during the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Byrne handed Boardman 12 months in jail, suspended for two years, with a 40-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He told him to serve a three-month home curfew, from 6pm to 6am daily, and ordered the forfeiture and destruction of his computer.

Boardman must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

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