Man with indecent images on his wall caught when paramedics are called to his home

A man who printed out indecent images of children and displayed them on the wall of his living room was arrested after he took ill and had to call paramedics to his house.

Antonio Dimascio, 56, dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance in December 2018 after experiencing a pain in his leg.

When the ambulance crew arrived, they noticed the pictures of young girls, some in provocative poses wearing underwear and others naked.

Dimascio was taken to hospital for treatment but the paramedics also reported him to police.

Officers later searched his home in Cambridge, where they seized the printed images, as well as a number of electrical devices.

Analysis of the devices revealed nine category C indecent images of children and another 67 which were not illegal but of a suggestive nature.

In police interview, Dimascio admitted printing some of the images at home and the rest at a self-service facility at a local supermarket. 

He said he did not realise what he had done was a criminal offence nor did he believe it was inappropriate.

However, he later went on to admit a charge of making an indecent photograph of a child.

After appearing at Cambridge Crown Court he was given an 18-month community order and a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and ordered to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

Detective Constable Anna Griffiths, from Cambridgeshire Police said: “It beggars belief that Dimascio didn’t realise his behaviour was inappropriate or illegal. During interview he discussed the matter with officers and realised the errors of his ways.

“We are dedicated to protecting children in the county and that includes prosecuting people who view or download inappropriate content. Images of this nature depict horrendous abuse and exploitation of some of the most vulnerable in our society. We are committed to doing all we can to combat the issue.”

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