A FORMER radio host returned to court after making indecent videos and pictures of children and narrowly avoided jail.
Judge James Burbridge said he felt Nigel Rousseau Edwards’ case did not warrant immediate detention as his last offense was committed in 2011 and 2012 with nothing since.
The 69-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to making two moving images of indecent category B children, created in October 2011, and seven still images of category C children and eight moving images of category C children. – created between October 2011 and February. 2012.
Lynette McClement, prosecuting, said officers arrested pedophile Edwards, of Coddington, Ledbury, in a separate incident, with electronic devices seized.
The prosecutor said: “A computer tower was seized, which contained two hard drives.
“They were reviewed (by a medical examiner). The operating system was named after Mr. Edwards – Category C movies involved kids as young as 10.”
The prosecutor said in an interview with police earlier this year that Edwards denied being responsible and gave police the name of someone he said had access to his computer.
“Another report showed that in fact Nigel Edwards’ profile was active on this computer at the time this material was viewed, so he was using it,” Ms. McClement said.
“There was no evidence to suggest a link to another user.”
The court heard that in December 1994, Edwards had been convicted of indecent assault on a man under the age of 16, receiving a two-year probation order before, in January 1997, being convicted of indecent assault and two other sexual offenses involving boys under the age of 16, so he was jailed for 54 months.
We have previously reported that Edwards was a broadcaster with BBC Hereford and Worcester when the offenses for which he was imprisoned took place in 1992. A former lay member of the General Synod, Edwards is said to have befriended a teenage victim when he was arrested. they sang in the same choir. together before the offense that took place at Edwards’ former home in Malvern.
Miss McClement added: “The biggest aggravating feature identified by the crown is that he has already been convicted, which has not deterred his offenses involving children.”
Mark Sheward, defending Edwards, said: “The offenses go back almost 10 years now. After examining the devices – it is clear that there has been no search for images like these after 2012. Over the past nine to ten years he has lost interest – perhaps because of his age – in matters of a sexual nature. ”
Sentencing him, Judge Burbridge said: “There are a modest number (of indecent images and films), yet each represents serious child abuse.
“You know that well at 69, and because of your background.”
Judge Burbridge sentenced Edwards to eight months in prison with a two-year suspended sentence.
He ordered Edwards to complete 30 days of rehab activity and pay £ 340 costs and a victim surcharge of £ 156.
He also ordered Edwards to pay the cost of a £ 2,016 expert report under legal aid, with the judge explaining: this. ”
Edwards, who is already signing the Sexual Offenses Register, has also been subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order that restricts his use of the internet.