Court gives Peterborough paedophile final warning after admitting more offences of making indecent images of children

A paedophile who has admitted making indecent images of children less than four years after appearing in court for similar offences has been told he faces jail if he commits similar crimes in the future.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 4:35 pm

Michael Bullimore, of Chapel Street, Stanground, Peterborough, was convicted of sexual activity with a child, making indecent images of children, possessing an extreme pornographic image and possessing a prohibited image of a child in July 2017.

The 26-year-old was handed a suspended sentence but given a SHPO for five years, allowing police to manage and monitor his online behaviour, and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

The SHPO prohibited him from deleting his internet history.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Courts

However, enquiries by the force’s Public Protection Unit (PPU) in March this year raised concerns and officers from the team visited Bullimore’s home.

During the visit two phones and a tablet were examined and seized due to their concerning content.

Checks revealed Bullimore had been visiting pornography websites daily and searching for content involving children under the age of 16.

The phones and tablet were examined and, on the phones, there were a total of 16 category C images, 38 category B images and 103 category A images – the most severe.

Further investigations revealed Bullimore had failed to tell police he had access to a family member’s laptop for a day.

He also failed to tell officers about a digital camera, an external hard drive and a phone which were later found in his room. Both of these were breaches of his SHPO.

In police interview Bullimore answered “no comment” to all questions.

However, he later admitted three counts of making indecent images of children and two counts of breaching a SHPO.

He was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (3 June) where he was handed 16 months in prison, suspended for 24 months. He was also ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and a 40-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

Bullimore was also made the subject of a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for 10 years, and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for the same timeframe.

Sentencing Bullimore, Recorder Sandeep Kainth said his offences showed a “disturbing pattern”, with children suffering and him “fuelling” those who make or upload indecent images. He warned the defendant that if he came before the courts again for similar offences, he would be jailed.

DC Stuart Cooper, who investigated, said: “Bullimore’s behaviour was completely inappropriate and he clearly failed to learn his lesson from his previous convictions of a similar nature.

“Alongside this was the discovery of indecent images on the phones. A child is victimised not only when an indecent image is taken, but also every time it is viewed or shared.

“I hope this case highlights our commitment to bringing those who ignore SHPOs to justice and protecting young people from harm.”

People who are concerned someone may have been convicted of a sex offence, and could be posing a risk to a child, can apply for disclosure information through Sarah’s Law: https://bit.ly/34H6DiD