A convicted paedophile has been ordered to pay for experimental eye treatment in an attempt to curb his fantasies about children.
Antony Akid, 35, of Edward Street, Grimsby, admitted possessing indecent images of children after police visited his home – his second conviction for the same offence in six years.
In 2014 Akid admitted eight counts of possession and one of distribution of indecent images, for which he received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
Now, judge Ahmed Nadim has deferred sentence on Akid in order to assess his response to the relatively new treatment of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).
It is one of the first times a judge has ordered the treatment at Grimsby Crown Court and made it a condition of a deferred sentence.
Akid was told he must undergo the treatment, either by paying for it himself or through the NHS.
Speaking at court, the judge said the latest conviction was "a persistent breach and a breach of the Sex Prevention Order imposed at the previous hearing”.
He said Akid admitted to "having a perverted interest" in children though he had never "translated that into acting out those fantasies”.
Nadim said Akid had "a perverted sexual interest in child pornography”, telling him: "You contribute to the exploitation of vulnerable children that leads to immeasurable harm.
“The images you viewed are created with harm and with consequential danger that lasts many years.”
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Ordering Akid to undergo the experimental therapy, Nadim said: "I am willing to accept that you are committed to referring yourself to specialists and correcting yourself and re-focusing yourself.
“If that can be achieved that will be good for you and good for society. I am giving you a chance that you will take measures to correct yourself.”
In November 2019 police found 227 images of the most serious classification involving children as young as three to four years old at Akid’s home, with a total of 593 in lesser categories.
Akid admitted downloading the images between March 2019 and November 2019.
The judge said Akid will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely and a condition of his bail is that he "has to obtain counselling and therapy with the named experts on a self-financing basis".
Yahoo News UK has contacted children's charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation for a comment on the judgement.
What is EMDR?
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing is available from the NHS and has been used to treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sessions involve a patient recalling a traumatic event, usually from their childhood or in a theatre of war. At the same time the patient receives stimuli in a rhythmic left-right pattern.
The stimuli can be something the patient senses through hearing, sight or feeling. The bilateral stimulation could involve movement of the eyes from side to side or a tapping movements on different sides of your body.
Trained staff also use tones heard through one ear then the other wearing headphones.
The process lasts for around 90 minutes once a week.
It is used in the treatment of panic attacks, anxiety, addictions and eating disorders where patients disclose their feelings as a practitioner moves an image, or a finger, from side to side as they are talking.
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