March 2004

Man jailed for child porn archive

A man who downloaded the largest known child porn collection in the UK has been jailed for five years.

Accounts clerk Andrew Tatam, 34, from Moulton near Spalding, Lincolnshire, admitted possessing almost 500,000 indecent images.

He also admitted 51 counts of making indecent photos.

Judge Michael Heath, at Lincoln Crown Court, said Tatum collected pictures like a “train spotter” and described the images as “vile”.

Video clips

Detective Superintendent John Ginty of Lincolnshire Police said: “We’d never seen another like it here in Lincolnshire, and neither had colleagues around the country.

“There was just short of half a million images, that’s photographs of children being physically and sexually abused.

“He also had in excess of 10,000 video clips, complete with sound tracks, of children being abused.”

John Kirk, prosecuting, said Tatam was interviewed by police only when his credit card details were found on a United States website.

Officers raided Tatam’s home, where he immediately made admissions about the pornographic material and his attempted sex act on a dog.

Sex register

Alexander Milne, defending, said: “He denies absolutely and emphatically that he is a paedophile.

“He has no interest in sex with children … he doesn’t pose a menace to those around him.”

The judge commended the police officers who spent 18 months working on the case.

“To have to view the filth that I have had to view today must have been a harrowing experience and it is a tribute to their professionalism that they have investigated this case,” Judge Heath said.

Tatum was ordered to sign onto the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was disqualified from working with children for life.