Wow. Sure sucks to be dad DAVID PETHIG. Lose all your cash, jewelry, and computers in a home burglary--only to have the burglar turn you into the police for having child pornography.
British Father Exposed As Pedophile After Home Burglarized
Updated: Monday, 19 Mar 2012, 8:34 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 19 Mar 2012, 8:34 PM EDT
By: The Sun
WREXHAM, Wales - A British woman said she is grateful her home was burglarized because it exposed her father as a pedophile.
Lizzie Pethig, 34, was distraught when a raider stole jewelry, cash and computers from the house she shared with her parents David and Denise Pethig.
But her anguish turned to disgust when the thief tipped off police he had found more than 8,500 depraved child porn images on David Pethig's laptop.
Speaking after her father, 59, was given a 12-month suspended jail term, Lizzie Pethig said, "Dad's betrayal has changed my life forever. But part of me is glad that we got burgled."
"That thief had a conscience -- which is more than my father had. If he hadn't been found out, he'd probably still be downloading child porn," she added.
Chef Lizzie Pethig and her mom -- who was married to David Pethig for 35 years -- now have moved into a new home away from her dad.
They were forced to move out after vigilantes ransacked the home in Wrexham, North Wales, where the family lived for over 30 years.
The thief left David Pethig's laptop in a derelict house before alerting police, and word of the vile porn stash had gone around the local estate.
Lizzie Pethig -- who was working away in Oxford when the burglar struck last April -- said, "Dad didn't seem too concerned. He just told us the insurance would cover it. But then the house was targeted again -- and this time it was completely trashed."
The police then told Lizzie Pethig and her mom Denise, 59, what the thief had found on the laptop.
Factory worker David Pethig claimed he had downloaded just a few images of teenagers. But the truth came out when he appeared at North Wales' Mold Crown Court last November.
There were 8,500 images and 400 videos, including some rated at the worst level. As well as his suspended term, he was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years after admitting 17 charges of making indecent images.
His wife said, "He really should have gone to jail."