A depraved pervert who filmed himself raping a sleeping woman and defended child abuse images found on his computer as “art” has been jailed for just four years.
Warped James Boyle, 69, will walk free from prison in just two years despite admitting 15 sexual offences – including three rapes.
He also pleaded guilty to attempted rape, sexual assault, voyeurism, as well as making and possessing indecent images of children.
A court heard how Boyle carried out the rapes without the woman’s knowledge while she was unconscious after taking sleeping pills and drinking alcohol.
The sickening attacks were recorded and saved on his computer, which police only found when they discovered he had been downloading child abuse images.
During police interview he defended the images, telling officers: “I’m not trying to put it on some high intellectual plain but it’s some form of art, whether you like or not.”
He also claimed doctored images of him having sex with a child saved as a file called “Sleeping Princess” caused no harm and added: “It’s purely a product of my imagination.”
Boyle pleaded guilty to a string of sexual offences between 2004 and 2011 at Worcester Crown Court where he was jailed on Tuesday (8/9).
Judge Nicolas Cartwright gave him a third of his sentence because of his early guilty plea and a further six months to reflect tougher prison regimes during the pandemic.
He told Boyle the offences were aggravated in that they involved different forms of rape which was “repeated on several occasions”.
The judge also described the abuse images as “ghastly” and added: “The harm is that real children somewhere in the world are the victims of the things that are being filmed.”
The judge also imposed a sexual harm prevention order which will remain in force for life and restricts his contact with female children under the age of 16.
Boyle, of Upton upon Severn, Worcs., was caught when police searched his address and seized his computers.
Officers found twisted videos of the defendant either raping or attempting to rape a woman on four separate occasions.
One of the victims described feeling ‘disgusted and sick’ at the knowledge she had been filmed naked without her consent.
However, the woman who had been raped said she had not suffered psychological harm, describing the incidents as “non-consensual intercourse” rather than rape.
There was no evidence that he had administered the alcohol or sleeping pills to the victim but rather he “capitalised” on her unconscious state to carry out the rapes
In police interview Boyle said of the child abuse images: “It was curiosity really – certainly not something I would physically take part in or do.”
He also told officers he had been viewing indecent images of children for about 15 years but said it was “not for sexual gratification”.