August 2015

Man jailed after being caught with 129,000 indecent images of children

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A MAN caught with more than 129,000 indecent photographs and videos of children has been jailed for sex crimes.

Police found the films and images on David Hughes’ computer and related devices when they raided his home, said Michael Bosomworth, prosecuting.

York Crown Court heard that thousands of the sexual photographs and videos were rated as being in the most serious category, and Hughes confessed he had been downloading and viewing them for ten years.

The youngest children were seven-years-old.

Judge Peter Hunt said: “The examination of the computer and other devices revealed contents that were offending in a truly shocking way.”

Hughes had systematically searched the internet for similar images and had done so over a long period of time, the court heard.

Real children had had to be abused to produce the images and by viewing them, Hughes had indirectly “fuelled all of that wickedness,” he said.

After reading a medical report, which said that Hughes’ suffers from a degenerative disease that would make prison life harder for him, the judge said he had to jail Hughes.

York Crown Court heard the crimes were committed between 2003 and 2013 and doctors diagnosed him as being in the early stages of Huntington’s Disease this summer.

The judge passed a sentence of 16 months’ imprisonment. He also made a sexual harm prevention order for life, banning Hughes from contacting, living in or staying in the same house as children under 16 unless he was supervised by their parents and had the express permission of social services.

The order also restricted his use of the internet so that the police could monitor his activities, either through special software or by keeping a complete record of his internet history. Hughes was put on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Hughes, 51, of Dalby near Pickering, pleaded guilty to 20 charges of possessing and downloading indecent images of children.