A publishing boss was raided and arrested by police hunting child pornography while responsible for websites including Nursery World and Children & Young People Now.
Stovin Hayter, 59, was head of online content for publishing giants Haymarket Media, having previously been editor of their magazine Children Now.
On Thursday he was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years and must complete 200 hours community service work.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child pornography he had downloaded at his home of twenty years that he shares with his husband in High Street, Acton.
Hayter, a graduate of South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal, joined Haymarket in 2001 and also edited the magazine Young People Now before becoming online chief in 2006.
Isleworth Crown Court heard he downloaded 109 of the most serious hardcore movies, plus two stills; another 48 movies and two stills in the medium range and one still at the lowest range.
The material involved young boys, some as young as twelve years-old, and the court made Hayter subject to a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he must sign the sex offender register for the same period.
“His husband describes him as a broken man,” said Mr. Alistair Polson. “For people who know him well for a long period of his life they are shocked and appalled by his behaviour.”
Prosecutor Mr. Bill McGivern said police raided Hayter’s home on November 22, 2016 while he was there with his husband and when asked if he knew anything about underage indecent images he replied: “I do.”
Computers and other electrical devices were seized, with Hayter giving police his passwords to access the disgusting images of child abuse.
“There had been deliberate online searches of images of young or adolescent boys, some as young as twelve years-old,” said Mr. McGivern.
When quizzed by police Hayter told them: “I do not deny these devices belong to me. I am truly sorry for my actions, I don’t dispute these allegations.”
Hayter had been downloading the indecent images from 2003 to a month before his arrest, describing it as an “addiction.”
He sought counselling after his arrest, but due to the extent of his behaviour had to move on to a psychotherapist.
“Although broken he is a man who can be put together again,” said Mr. Polson.
Judge John Denniss told Hayter: “These offences are very serious. It is said one can make their way to the open prison gates with six clicks of a computer mouse.
“The courts must try to halt the industrial abuse of children and their evil exploitation of children as young as twelve, which you watched.
“You were addicted to pornography and have taken every step you can to deal with that addiction and offending,” he added, ordering Hayter to also pay £300 costs.