By Diana Hsieh
Wow: Roman Catholic church's paedophile investigator jailed for possessing thousands of child porn images. The story is from the UK in late October. Here are the basics:
A Catholic Church child safety co-ordinator who was in charge of investigating sexual abuse allegations was jailed for 12 months today for internet peadophile offences. Christopher Jarvis, 49, a married father-of-four, investigated historic claims of child abuse, interviewing the victims when they were adults. He was responsible for child protection at 120 churches and parish community groups for nine years.Here's what he had in his possession:
The court heard that 4,389 images were found on the laptop and memory stick. The majority, 3,721, were at Level One, the lowest level for abusive images. But there were 120 at Level Four, which includes scenes of child rape, and 12 at Level Five, which can include scenes of torture and sadism.He didn't just possess such images, he was spreading them:
He was arrested after uploading images of pre-pubescent boys on to the Ning social networking website.As the judge said on sentencing him:
The people who confided in you of their own misery and abuse may well themselves be shocked and horrified that the person they were speaking to was, in his personal life, downloading images of children being abused in the same way.Unfortunately, his sentence was light, to say the least -- he spent less than a year in prison:
Jarvis was jailed for 36 weeks concurrently for each of six charges of possessing indecent images of a child and five of making an indecent image of a child plus a further 16 weeks consecutively for a single charge of distributing indecent images of children.Best of all, this most vile of child-porn peddlers is bitter because the Catholic Church hasn't welcomed him back with open arms. That boggles the mind.