A “slave master” who runs an adult fetish club has been convicted of possession of extreme pornography and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
Brian Thornhill, 59, said to have an “enthusiasm for bondage and bestiality”, was found guilty on 11 counts on Monday following a six-day trial.
Jurors at Guildford Crown Court were told how he flogged and paddled “slave” women in the presence of a young boy, the Surrey Advertiser reported.
Thornhill, of Lagham Road, South Godstone, Surrey, denied it, saying: “There was never any [sexual] interaction with slaves or submissives when children were around.”
The court heard Thornhill was arrested after a photograph was spotted online featuring him, a naked woman in BDSM (bondage discipline and sadomasochism) chains and a young boy.
When police searched his home they found a number of images and videos of extreme pornography, some featuring animals and women.
Some images also showed the defendant and his own pet dog, the jury was told, but Thornhill said: “I have never made any attempt to stop it because I enjoy it and he enjoys it.”
However, he denied any knowledge of a CD containing pornographic images of women and animals having sex on it, claiming that a computer engineer who often gave him discs with software on had given it to him.
He was found guilty on five counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and six of possession of extreme pornographic images and videos.
Thornhill was released on bail until a sentencing hearing on December 2.