Thursday, 21 Oct 2021

Judge orders paedo to undergo eye therapy to ‘curb perverted interest in kids’

A paedophile has been ordered to undergo experimental eye therapy to curb his "perverted interest in children".

Sicko Antony Akid, 35, admitted possessing indecent images of children when police visited his home, Grimsby Live reports.

Judge Ahmed Nadim deferred his sentence at Grimsby Crown Court to assess his response to eye desensitisation therapy.

The order was made after the judge was told it was the second time in six years that Akid had been convicted of possession of indecent images of children.

The previous conviction, in 2014, saw him admit eight counts of possession and one of distribution of indecent images. He received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years for the offences.

The special therapy involves a relatively new treatment of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).

The judge said Akid admitted to "having a perverted interest (in children)" though he had never "translated that into acting out those fantasies".

He said this was "a persistent breach and a breach of the Sex Prevention Order imposed at the previous hearing".

Judge Nadim told Akid: "You contribute to the exploitation of vulnerable children that leads to immeasurable harm.

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"The images you viewed are created with harm and with consequential danger that lasts many years. The easiest thing would be to look at the guidance and determine how long you are going to prison for.

"I am willing to accept that you are committed to referring yourself to specialists and correcting yourself and re-focusing yourself.

"If that can be achieved that will be good for you and good for society. I am giving you a chance that you will take measures to correct yourself."

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He said he wanted confirmation within three days that Akid had made contact with experts.

"If you don't you will appear before me and I will impose a significant sentence," the judge warned him.

The therapy is available on the NHS and involves a patient recalling a traumatic event.

It is used in the treatment of panic attacks, anxiety, addictions and eating disorders where patients disclose their feelings as a practitioner moves an image, or a finger, from side to side as they are talking.

Prosecutor Paul Genney said police had visited Akid's home in Grimsby in November 2019.

He said police later found 227 images of the most serious classification involving children as young as three to four years old. There were a total of 593 in lesser categories.

Akin admitted downloading the images between March 2019 and November 2019.

Craig Lowe, defending, said his client had experienced trauma as a child and is now seeking psychological support.

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