Man downloaded indecent images for "God's research"
A MAN downloaded indecent images of children because he said he was doing research for God, a court heard.
Christopher Bevan, aged 46, said he had been visited by angels in 1996 and since then had been downloading the images of young children because he was conducing research because he wanted to say thank you to God.
In his interview with police, Bevan said: “I have been conducting deep research into why society is in such promiscuity. It’s something I have to do to say thank you to the father in heaven because he helped me with something, if I told you what, you’d think it insane.”
He said his research, which he said had lasted “a few years” would “result in helping people immensely”.
The images were found on his computer after police searched his home in connection with another matter in October 2012.
No charges were brought in that case but his computer was searched and the images uncovered.
The children in the images were all between eight and 15-years-old.
On the scale used by the police for such images - where level five, are the most extreme - these images were levels one and two.
Prosecutor Linda Baker told Swansea magistrates Bevan said he had started downloading the images to “work out why a girl who had come to puberty could come across as if she was enjoying alluring them with such vigour”.
He told police his research had been “difficult to conduct”.
He said when the angels visited they shone a light into his eyes and said since then he had been happy.
“The defendant stated that if he gets the book thrown at him for this, then his research can improve the situation,” she said.
When Bevan was asked about the legality of what he was doing, Bevan said he could now see that it was not ok.
He had also told police his interest was only in “young girls who were trying to entice” and he wanted to “find out why they were doing so”.
He pleaded guilty to six charges of making indecent images of a child at his home address in Clyne Court in Sketty.
Magistrates said they accepted jurisdiction in the case and said it did fall into their sentencing powers.
Chris White, representing Bevan, said: “He is a very religious man and at the time of this offence he genuinely believed he was carrying out research for the benefit of everyone.”
Magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Bevan and asked for it to include input from the psychiatric team.
Chairman of the bench, Phil Llewelyn, said: “This case is now being adjourned for three weeks when we are asking for an all option pre-sentence report to be compiled on you. That should include a psychiatric assessment as well”.
Bevan was granted conditional bail until that heating.