Self-confessed paedophile guilty of 23 offences
A 50-year-old self-confessed paedophile has been convicted of possession and distribution of child abuse images.
Andrew Bowen, of Bawtry Close, Lincoln, was found guilty of 23 offences relating to child abuse images after a trial at Lincoln Crown Court earlier today.
The court heard that Bowen had openly admitted downloading and sharing the images on the internet in interview, expressing his belief that his actions should not be a crime.
Bowen had initially been arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home address in February last year.
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The court heard that Bowen had been rearrested in July last year when answering bail. He had attended a police station to answer bail with a laptop containing further child abuse images in his possession.
He was then arrested for a third time in March of this year after a computer containing more indecent images of children was seized off him in Lincoln High Street.
He had also written to several prominent figures and organisations across the county advocating “freedom of choice for children to have sexual relationships.”
DC Nicole Linn of Lincolnshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Team (ICAT) said: “Bowen is clearly a very dangerous man who has no concept of the deep and lasting impact his crimes have on the children involved in the material he has obtained and distributed.
“We hope this conviction demonstrates the work of the ICAT team and the Hightech Crime Unit and sends out a clear message that offenders will be pursued and brought to justice,”
Bowen will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on December 13.