October 2015

Police find nearly 60,000 child sex abuse images – No prison


Police found nearly 60,000 child sex abuse images after raiding a flat in Wheathampstead.

Officers with a search warrant went to Neal Santelli’s former address in High Street at twenty five to seven in the morning on June 12 last year.

Santelli, 34, was arrested and admitted to the officers that he had been looking at indecent pictures for the past 6 years, St Albans crown court heard today.

Prosecutor Peter Shaw said a laptop and computer tower were examined and 60,000 indecent images of children and some child abuse movies were discovered.

On the laptop, Santelli had used search terms such as: “Pre-teen,” “Sexy Pre-teen” and “Young girl models.”

In his police interview he was ‘frank and open,’ saying he had mainly been interested in erotic poses by girls aged 11 to 14, said Mr Shaw.

Santelli, now of Fulmodeston, Fakenham, Norfolk pleaded guilty to eight charges of possessing and downloading indecent images and movies of children.

The judge passed a three year Community Order with 36 months’ supervision and a condition that he attends the Integrated Sex Offender Treatment Programme.

He must register as a Sex Offender and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years and pay £300 costs.