Paedophile jailed after filming children walking to Corby school

Stephen Conroy
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A paedophile who filmed children walking to and from their Corby primary school has been jailed for 14 months.

Stephen Conroy, 53, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Monday (August 12) for sentencing after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to possessing and making indecent photographs of children.

Conroy was also sentenced to one month in prison, to run concurrently, for possessing four cannabis plants.

He was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and an order was made for the indecent images to be destroyed.

After police raided Conroy’s house in February this year thousands of printed images, DVDs and videos of child pornography were discovered.

At the previous hearing the court was told that the indecent images were plastered over ceilings and walls of three bedrooms.

Officers also found children’s underwear and a schoolgirl’s outfit, Northampton Crown Court heard.

Conroy had a total of 3,028 images, 25 of which depicted extreme pornography.

Mark Nicholls, representing Conroy, told the court that the defendant was the full-time carer of his disabled mother.

Mr Nicholls said: “He was made redundant as a warehouse man and has been his mother’s unofficial carer for two years.

“He is a hoarder, as is evident from the paperwork and photographs found.

“He is ashamed of what he has done and the shame he has brought on his family and friends and he has expressed his remorse and regret. He accepts that he needs help.”

At the previous hearing the court was told that Conroy used a camcorder to film children going to and from the school.

Judge Lynn Tayton said: “You are a hoarder with an obsessive interest in sexual matters. This is a very serious matter.”

The earlier hearing was told that, when interviewed by police, Conroy said he had not realised he was doing anything illegal and that he had been searching for images of teenagers.

Conroy told officers he had started looking at child abuse images in 2006 and later searched for “school uniform porn”.