Judge Ian Lawrie KC commented: “Aylmer’s attitude towards the protection order is worrying, particularly as some of the victims are as young as two years old.”
Chloe Griggs, defending herself, said: “I acknowledge that this is the third series of indecent child pictures that Aylmer has in court. It is clear that all his life he has been attracted to looking at these images, mainly the category C images which are the majority in these crimes.
“For the past 18 months he has voluntarily undergone psychotherapy in which he addressed his past and identified a range of trauma-related issues. The subsequent report is insightful and describes some meaningful and stable progress.
“He has since discovered the root cause of his sexual problems, which stems from attending a boarding school where he was systematically abused while at the same time his parents disappeared from his life at a young age.
“It appears he seeks physical and emotional comfort from fellow children. This is a complicated psychological puzzle as victims of abuse begin to seek comfort from their abusers.
“These abusers filled the void left by his parents and offered him guidance, company and comfort.
“This is something he is keen to gain favor with in court, but it represents a change in his thinking and his acceptance that he has a real problem that needs to be addressed.
“A major trigger for Aylmer resorting to lewd imagery is stress. The latest string of crimes follows the deaths of close family members and friends.”
Aylmer pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent pictures of children; namely 80 category A images, 135 category B images and over 2,000 category C images in 2021.
Judge Lawrie told Aylmer: “By convention, I should lock you up. They have broken various commands in the past.
“But I have read your account of prejudice and the account of your early childhood trauma that shaped you for the rest of your life.
“It seems you still have an interest in these types of images. Sometimes it’s a small step from spectator to participant.
“I want you to prove your promise that you will learn from past mistakes and now have the tools to better manage your emotions and past trauma.”
The judge sentenced Aylmer to a 36-month community injunction, which includes 45 program sessions and 200 hours of unpaid work, as well as a monthly judicial review and payment of £250 in court costs and a mandatory £95 surcharge.
The judge sentenced Aylmer to the terms of a new sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and placed him on the sex offender registry for the same period.
Judge Lawrie concluded by telling Aylmer, “If you miss this opportunity to change your life, you will be jailed.”
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