September 2010

Child abuse images internet surfer is sent to jail

A man superimposed pictures of children he knew on to vile child porn images downloaded from the internet.

Johnathan Bradshaw, 41, was jailed for 16 months after a court heard how over 21,000 indecent movies and photographs of children were found on lap tops at his West Yorkshire home.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years

Leeds Crown Court was told how some of the content was at level five – the most serious kind – and featured children and animals and violence being used towards youngsters.

Jonathan Devlin, prosecuting, told the court officers from West Yorkshire Police raided the home he shared with his then partner in Heckmondwike in February 2008.

They had been acting on information from the Metropolitan Police that someone at that address had used a credit card to gain access to a website which contained indecent images of children.

Three laptops were seized and examined.

Bradshaw, now of Moorgate Drive, Kippax, made full admissions when he

was interviewed at Dewsbury police station this year.

He told officers he had stored the images on a file that his partner could not access. He admitted that he got sexual gratification from them

Mr Devlin said the faces of pictures of children he knew were superimposed onto children in images at level four.

He pleaded guilty to 21 charges relating to the downloading indecent images of children.

Antony Farrell, mitigating, said Bradshaw knew immediately the reason police had taken the laptops from his home was because he had made payments to access multiple sites.

He told his partner what he had done. She ended the relationship and he went to live with his parents.

The court heard how Bradshaw had met a new partner and they had a 12-month-old son together.

But he had not discussed the nature of the offences with her.

The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier QC, described the superimposing of the children’s faces onto the images as a “worrying and aggravating” feature.

Man jailed for hoard of 250 movie clips and 23,000 pictures of children

POLICE discovered more than 20,000 indecent images of children on a man’s computers after he used his credit card to take out a regular subscription to access such sites.

West Yorkshire officers visited the home of Johnathan Bradshaw in Heckmondwike in 2008 after information was passed to them by the Metropolitan police which showed he had paid $80 (about 54) a month for 10 months to see abusive images.

Jonathan Devlin, prosecuting. told Leeds Crown Court yesterday three laptops were seized and half a million images and films were found on them which had to be sifted through.

At the end of many weeks work it was found that 23,115 still images were indecent, including 662 at level 4 and 154 at level five, on a scale of one to five where five is the most serious.

It was also found that 244 movie clips were indecent including 77 at level four and five at level five, one up to nine minutes in length showing child abuse. Bradshaw accepted he looked at images for his own sexual gratification.

It was also found he had superimposed the picture of some girls he knew on to some of the images. Bradshaw, 41, recently of Moorgate Drive, Kippax, Leeds, was jailed for 16 months after he admitted 21 offences of making indecent images of children.

Sentencing him, Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC said he accepted Bradshaw was of previous good character but the offences came at the top end in terms of the huge number of such images in his possession.

“In addition to the large numbers of images you have accepted you were obtaining these through sites using a subscription and that was going on at least 10 months because that was the period you had paid for access.”

He said it was a worrying feature that Bradshaw had manipulated some of the photos to impose images of other girls.

Mr Devlin told the court that when Bradshaw was interviewed he admitted using a number of different search engines and bulletin boards to download the images and had kept them in a folder hidden from his then partner.