Kettering paedophile watched videos of children performing sex acts ‘because he was bored’

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A Kettering man who viewed indecent videos of children performing sex acts has avoided a prison sentence.

Brendan Rush, 30, of Windmill Avenue, was handed a three-year community order at Northampton Crown Court yesterday (Friday).

Rush had previously pleaded guilty to viewing six category A images, two category B images and 29 category C images at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how police executed a search warrant on his house and analysed a number of devices.

Those devices were found to have a number of indecent videos on.

Prosecuting, Caroline Bray said: “He was in effect watching live streams of young teenage girls and some of these he had downloaded.

“He had searched for how to hide his IP address.

“It had been a deliberate and systematic search for images of young children.”

Mitigating, Maxine Krone said Rush was horrified by his actions.

She said: “He fell into the trap of offending because he was bored and lonely.

“Mr Rush told the probation officer that he felt sick at what he had done and needed help to understand why he did what he did.

“Sitting at home by himself he has been looking at images that he should not have been.”

Judge Timothy Smith made Rush the subject of a community order with sex offender behaviour rehabilitation requirements.

He was made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years, made the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and made to pay £500 in costs.