Terry Mills – Child Pornography, Zoologist, Magistrate

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.


A Croydon magistrate downloaded hundreds of pictures of child pornography – including some depicting bestiality and sadomasochism, a court heard this week.

Terry Mills, 58, from Arundel Road, Croydon, trawled the internet for vile images of children being sexually abused, jurors at Southwark Crown Court were told.

The zoologist and part-time magistrate spent four years building up a gallery of child pornography and was caught by police after they found his computer details on a well-known paedophile website.

Mills is accused of downloading 190 indecent pictures and movie clips of children under the age of 18 between December 2003 and September last year. He denies the charges.

The court heard material stored on Mr Mills’ two computers showed children either adopting “sexual poses” or being “sexually abused by adults”.

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.

Prosecutor Simon Clements told jurors: “The defendant lives alone.

“He is an intelligent man, a zoologist by profession and also a lay magistrate.” Mr Clements said police were alerted to the defendant after he left his “signature” on the internet.

He added: “The police regularly track websites which they know contain paedophile material. The Crown say he accessed a known website and as a result his computer address became known to police.”

Mr Mills also watched a film entitled “German Blondie” and received emails marked “British Boys” and “Busy at Both Ends”, the court heard.

He was arrested on September 18 last year and the computers were seized from his home.

But before the machines could be examined, he immediately claimed he had been a victim of identity fraud and his credit card details had been stolen. This was found to be untrue.


A total of 180 indecent photographs and 10 film clips were found on both computers as well as a large library of adult pornography.

Mr Clements said there was evidence “the plug had been pulled straight out” when the police came in to Mills’ home as the computer had not been shut down properly.

Mr Clements said: “Mr Mills accepts these images were on the computer, he accepts they are indecent images and he accepts the number of them.

“He says he had not seen them himself or did not have any cause to believe they were indecent images of children.”

The prosecutor added there was “compelling evidence” to show Mills was responsible for the pornography on his computer.

The trial continues.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 7:54 pm  Comments (1)