November 2011

Man had 4,600 indecent pictures of children on computer

A MANAGER has been spared jail despite being caught with thousands of indecent images of children.

Lee Peacock, 40, was caught with 4,603 indecent images of children as young as 6.

He pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to 13 counts of making indecent images of children.

The making of images relates to downloading them on the internet.

Peacock, who worked as a manufacturing manager in the East Riding, downloaded and viewed the images between November 2009 and last October, when he was arrested.

He was caught following an investigation by the Child Online Protection Agency in London, which investigates users of child porn websites.

The majority of the images – 4,500 – were at the lowest end of the scale, while 17 were at the worst end.

Judge Jeremy Baker QC told Peacock: “In my judgement, you were seeking out a high amount of images of low-level material.

“When anyone goes onto the internet and searches out any type of material of this nature they run the risk of downloading more serious levels.

“Any levels of material are serious in themselves because they are involving the exploitation of young children.

“What you have failed to do is concentrate on the affect of this type of material on those who are involved in it.

“The singular concern is to prevent a reoccurrence in the future, but more particularly to prevent the exploitation and protect such persons and the public in general.”

Peacock, of St James Road, Melton, has been ordered to attend the Northumbrian sex offenders treatment programme for three years.

He must show his computer to the police whenever asked to do so.

Peacock has also been banned from working with children and has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.

Judge Baker QC warned Peacock he would be resentenced if he failed to attend appointments and comply with the order.

Detective Constable Chris Kipling, of Humberside Police’s Internet sex offenders investigation section, said: “The unit and Humberside Police as a whole will strive to identify and take firm action against people who are willing to get involved in the online exploitation of children.

“Anyone behaving in this manner should be aware that this type of offending is viewed very seriously and will be investigated to our fullest extent.

“Anyone with information about this type of crime or any other should call your local police.”

Officers can be reached by calling 101.