Judge Ian Lawrie KC commented: “Aylmer’s attitude towards the protection order is worrying, especially as some of the victims are only two years old.”
Chloe Griggs, defending said: “I acknowledge that this is the third set of images of indecent children that Aylmer is before the court. It is clear that throughout her life she has been attracted to look at these images, mainly the category C images, which are the majority in these crimes.
“Over the past 18 months, she has voluntarily engaged in psychotherapy in which she delved into her past and identified a number of trauma-related issues. The subsequent report is insightful, describing some significant and steady progress.
“Since then he discovered the root of his sexual problems, which stem from attending a boarding school where he was systematically abused and, at the same time, his parents disappeared from his life at a young age.
“It seems that he sought physical and emotional comfort from his peers. This is a tricky psychological puzzle as abuse victims begin to look to their abusers for comfort.
“These abusers filled the void for her parents and offered her guidance, companionship and comfort.
“This is something he works hard to curry favor with the court for, but it represents a change in his mindset and his acceptance that he has a real problem that needs to be addressed.
“A key trigger for Aylmer to resort to looking at indecent images is stress. The latest batch of crimes follows the death of family members and close friends.”
Aylmer pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of indecent images of children; namely 80 category A images, 135 category B images and more than 2000 category C images in 2021.
Judge Lawrie told Aylmer: “By any convention, I should put you away. You have violated several orders in the past.
“However, I have read your pre-sentence report and the report on your early life trauma that has had a lifelong impact on you.
“It seems that you still have an interest in these types of images. Sometimes it’s a small step from being a spectator to being a participant.
“I want you to show your promises that you are learning from past mistakes and now have the means to better manage your emotions and past trauma.”
The judge sentenced Aylmer to a 36-month community order which includes 45 program sessions and 200 hours of unpaid work together with a monthly judicial review and payment of court costs of £250 and a mandatory £95 surcharge.
The judge subjected Aylmer to the terms of a new 10-year sexual harm prevention order and to be on the sex offender registry for the same length of time.
Judge Lawrie concluded by telling Aylmer: “If you waste this opportunity to change your life, you will be locked up.”
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