May 2003

Man had thousands of child abuse pictures

A HUDDERSFIELD man had nearly 10,000 indecent pictures of children on his computer, a court heard.

Gary Andrew Peacock, 37, of Hall Bower, pleaded guilty at Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court to owning 22 indecent pictures and three short pornographic films depicting children.

He is to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court. He was allowed unconditional bail.

The magistrates were told the items referred to in the charges were part of 9,800 child porn images belonging to Peacock which police found.

Of the 25 images featured in the charges, seven were classed as level five – the most serious level.

The rest were of level four. They featured children aged between three and 14.

Some images featured sexual activity between adults and children and included elements of sado-masochism.

The court was told the images were found as part of the huge Operation Ore, carried out by police across West Yorkshire.

They were acting on information supplied by US authorities investigating worldwide child pornography.

Presiding magistrate Mrs Nan Chadwick told Peacock he would be sentenced at the Crown Court.

She added: “Some of these images are certainly pretty gruesome, some of the worst we have experienced.”

Mrs Chadwick said that because of that, the ages of the children and the number of images the magistrates did not think their powers were enough to deal with Peacock.