August 2015

Hull man used Skype to swap pictures of child abuse



A HULL man who used Skype to swap indecent images of young children has been spared jail.

Michael Anthony, 47, was found with the images after police received a tip-off about his email account, Hull Crown Court heard.

After raiding his computer devices at his home in Newtondale, Sutton Park, officers discovered 1,117 indecent images of children, 368 of which were of the most serious category A status.

He also had 469 files of extreme pornography involving women and animals.

The court heard some of the images involved children as young as 18 months old.

Prosecuting, Charlotte Baines said: “On October 16, last year, police attended at Newtondale, having received information that a user of a Skype account had been involved in conversations online about indecent images of children.

“Files had been exchanged between users of indecent images.”

During the raid, officers confiscated an iPad, mobile phone and Asus laptop.

Anthony, who has since moved to Shaftesbury Avenue, east Hull, was arrested and interviewed by police.

He admitted to using Skype to exchange the indecent images, saying he first started doing so five years ago.

Richard Thompson, defending Anthony, said his client recognised the severity of what he had done.

“He accepts the custody threshold has been crossed,” Mr Thompson said.

“However, a rehabilitation order could, for the long-term, be the best thing to ensure he does not get involved in this sort of thing again.”

Recorder Sarah Dodd sentenced Anthony to two years in prison, suspended for two years.

The judge said: “This is the most appalling child abuse.

“These children have been abused for the sexual gratification of men like you.

“It is my job to protect children from men like you and if I were to send you to prison, you would not get the intensive treatment and intervention you need.”

Anthony was ordered to complete a 24-month supervision order and was signed up to the Northumbria Sex Offenders’ Group Programme.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Anthony’s family, who were also in court, have vowed to stand by him following the offence.