Convicted and sentenced to prison for only three and a half years after pleading guilty to 13 charges of making indecent images of children. Judge Jeremy Connor stated: "The images showed children as young as six, some with elements of sadism."
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- 'Child rape kit' man jailed (08/26/2004)
- Businessman with 'child rape kit' is jailed (08/27/2004)
- Child Porn Man Jailed (08/28/2004)
By Staff Reporter
Hillingdon Times - August 26, 2004
A RESPECTED construction boss caught with a home-made "child rape kit" was jailed for three-and-a-half years this week.
Married man David Berman, 46, of Fleming Avenue, Ruislip, kept a handgun, handcuffs, a rope and condoms hidden in a black briefcase along with printouts of explicit online chats with underage girls he had been grooming.
Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court heard how Berman, described as a leading member of his local synagogue, chronicled his attempts to lure youngsters to meetings with details of what he planned to do to them. He was also caught with hundreds of "absolutely horrific" child porn movies and images.
Detectives who raided Berman's home in the early hours of April 22 this year described him as a "serious danger to children". DC Martin McDonagh said: "The images were absolutely horrendous.
"It was just a matter of time before he acted on his desires."
During the raid on his home police found a sophisticated computer set- up to download porn chat with young girls and other online perverts. Officers recovered 220 images and 196 movie files showing children as young as six being subject to brutal rape and sado-masichistic torture. Berman claimed all his talk, and the rape kit, were sexual fantasies he never intended to act on. Nick Mather, prosecuting said: "There were a number of attempts made by the defendant to set up meetings with young teenage girls."
Berman admitted 13 charges of making indecent images of children. Neil Griffin, mitigating, described Berman as "highly involved" in the West London Liberal Synagogue.
Judge Jeremy Connor, jailing Berman at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court on Tuesday, told him: "The images showed children as young as six, some with elements of sadism. There was a deliberate seeking of others, some careful organisation and conversations in chatrooms with teenage girls."
Police hailed Berman's conviction as a huge success. DI Neil Thompson, from the paedophile unit, speaking on Tuesday, said: "I welcome today's sentence which should act as a deterrent for those who continue to use various methods of abusing children via the internet. I appeal to anyone who may have come into contact with Berman who used the username of "cherrypoppers" to call the paedophile unit."
Jewish Chronicle (UK) - August 27, 2004
A briefcase found in David Berman's home contained a replica handgun, handcuffs, condoms and rope, a court heard.
Nick Mather, prosecuting, said: "This could be described as a rape kit."
Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court heard that Berman, 46, had also tried to set up meetings with girls on the internet.
The project manager from Ruislip, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to making indecent images.
Child Porn Man Jailed