July 2011

Paedophile caught with 1,800 indecent images

A BUSINESSMAN with a fetish for feet groomed three young girls over the internet.

David Anthony Maggs, 28, of Hedon targeted underage girls using internet chat rooms, grooming them for months.

The girls, aged 13, 14 and 15, were asked by Maggs to show him their feet before he took indecent pictures of them.

Maggs was caught after the police raided his home in Sheriff Highway, Hedon, discovering 1,800 indecent images of children and extreme pornographic images.

He told detectives it had become an “overpowering addiction”.

Maggs pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children, making indecent images of children and engaging youngsters in sexual activity.

Hull Crown Court heard most of the indecent images were at the lowest level of seriousness.

However, there were 51 images at the top end of the scale and 11 extreme pornographic images.

His barrister John Thackray said: “He has been full of remorse since the day of his arrest and has had this hanging over him for a long time. He is very, very sorry.”

The honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding Judge Michael Mettyear jailed Maggs for nine months.

He said: “Your conduct was both disgusting and wholly unacceptable.

“You were fascinated with extreme pornographic material.

“I’m prepared to accept that, this aside, you are a hardworking, respectable and honest person, but you clearly have a deep character flaw.

“Only time will tell if you are able to overcome it in the long term and resist temptation. As you said yourself, it was an overpowering addiction.

“These girls were young and need protection. Those who are abused in child porn are also victims of the people who view it.”

Maggs has been given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for eight years, banning him from having unsupervised contact with girls under 17. He must also sign the sex offenders register for ten years.