Ipswich Crown Court: Hector Moyes had indecent images of children

4:51 PM April 19, 2022

An Essex trainee music teacher who uploaded indecent images and videos of children told police he had ‘been a bit dumb online’, a court has heard.

Police went to the home of Hector Moyes, 28, with a search warrant in June last year and seized his iPhone and Apple Mac computer after receiving reports he had used the internet to accessing indecent images of children, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

When analyzing the devices, they were found to contain 10 indecent videos of children in the most serious category A, as well as four still indecent images of children and one video in category B.

It also had eight stills and three videos in the lowest C category.

Matthew Bagnall, prosecuting, said Moyes, who has no prior convictions, previously worked as a trainee music teacher at a high school.

He said Moyes told police he had “been a bit of an idiot online” during a dark time in his life.

The court heard that the images found on his devices were of women between the ages of 10 and 16 and that he used search terms such as “Lolita”.

Moyes, of Fingringhoe Road, Langenhoe, Colchester admitted to three counts of making indecent images of children on or before June 6 last year.

He was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also given a 40-day rehabilitative activity requirement and a sexual abuse prevention order for seven years.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offender register for the same period.

Sentencing him, Judge Emma Peters said he had ‘fueled the business of disgusting child abuse’ and lost his teaching career as a result of the offences.

The court heard that Moyes had a nervous breakdown which led to a “brief and destructive” addiction to pornography.

Adam Squibbs, for Moyes, said he had been a church organist for 10 years and was a freelance musician and had used his talents to raise money for charity.

He said Moyes suffered a nervous breakdown after his grandfather’s death and learned that his father had vascular dementia.

He had also discovered that his wife was pregnant and was looking for a house where all her family, including her grandmother, could live together.

Mr Squibbs said his client attended weekly counseling sessions and felt genuine remorse.