Man in Exeter convicted of downloading indecent images of children reported by woman who found memory card

Curious wife was shocked when she inserted her husband’s memory card into computer and found hundreds of sick videos and images of child abuse

  • Peter Loram had left an SD card at his office in Bridford, which his wife found
  • She warned the police who found 240 films and 204 photos from the Dark Web Web
  • Loram separated from his wife after the discovery and changed his name to Lowe

A shocked woman turned her husband in to police after finding a memory card containing dozens of child rape films and photos.

Peter Loram had left an SD card in a card reader on the desk of his office in Bridford that had been found by his wife.

She was curious to see what was written on it and found the treasure trove of images.

She alerted the police who found 240 films and 204 photos that he had downloaded from the Dark Web.

Company director Loram divorced his wife after the discovery and has now changed his last name to Lowe, Exeter Crown Court was told.

The images were of children between two and 15 years old and most were in the worst category, showing children being penetratively abused by adults.

A shocked woman turned her husband Peter Loram in to police after finding a memory card containing dozens of child rape films and photos (stock image)

Lowe, formerly known as Loram, aged 39 and now without a permanent address, admitted three times to indecent images of children (by downloading).

He was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years and sentenced to attend a sex offender treatment course during 30 days of rehabilitation activities.

He was placed on the sex offender registry and subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years by Judge David Evans. The warrant allows the police to monitor his online activities.

The judge told him: ‘You were arrested after your then partner, who is no longer your partner, came across an SD card in your office. She was shocked to find out what was on that storage device.

“There were photos and videos of the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, often very young children, by adults,” the judge added.

“An investigation of your laptop’s browsing history matched the fact that you searched for and downloaded these images.”

Tom Bradnock, the prosecutor, said Loram’s wife found the footage on May 7, 2020 and alerted police. Agents recovered 444 items from a Sandisk SD memory card.

These included 171 movies and 84 stills that were categorized in Category A because they showed severe child abuse.

Mr Bradnock said: ‘His wife was looking for a card reader in his office at their home in Bridford and found it in a box on his desk.

‘She saw a card in it and was curious about what it was and put it in the computer and opened what turned out to be some files.

“She was sick and shocked and called the police, who started a search and seized a number of devices.

Company chief Loram divorced his wife after discovery and has now changed his last name to Lowe, Exeter Crown Court was told

Company chief Loram divorced his wife after discovery and has now changed his last name to Lowe, Exeter Crown Court was told

In his second interview, he gave a full report, saying that he was addicted to pornography and that his interests became more extreme over time.

“He said he started looking for images and downloaded material from the Dark Web about five years earlier.”

Ryan O’Donnell said the defendant is truly sorry and has used the long gap since his arrest to receive private treatment.

He has been assessed by the probation service as suitable for rehabilitation.

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