June 2013

Sheerness man locked up for child abuse images offences

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A Sheerness man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to downloading indecent images of children and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Daniel Harding, formerly of Briton Court, invited children round to his home to play computer games, but instead he showed them indecent images of children, showed them his genitals and encouraged them to show him theirs.

On December 13, police were contacted regarding concerns that children were visiting the home of the 41-year-old.

Police executed a warrant at Harding’s home and seized digital equipment for analysis. Some 182 indecent images of children were recovered from the devices, as well as 10 prohibited images and three videos that he had made, totalling just under 50 minutes.

Harding pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent images of a child, possessing indecent images of children, possession of prohibited images, two counts of causing a child to view a sexual act, sexual activity in the presence of a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to four years in prison.

DC John Milham from the Kent Police public protection unit said: “I can’t emphasise how important it is for people to contact police if they know of, or suspect, sexual abuse of children.

“The child protection teams at Kent Police rigorously investigate offences against children and take their welfare extremely seriously.

“There’s no doubt that Harding poses a danger to children and the courts have seen fit to impose a custodial sentence upon him.

“Our child protection teams work with many organisations that provide help and support for child victims of sexual, and also other types of abuse.

“We work with them to ensure support networks are in place for children, who provide crucial evidence in these cases and help ensure that other children and vulnerable individuals are protected.”