May 2016

Pervert had more than 1,000 ‘vile’ pictures of kids

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Adam Park downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of children on to his computer.

The 34-year-old, was living with his parents in Harriseahead when police executed a search warrant at the family home.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard officers seized computer equipment from Park’s bedroom, which was found to contain the images.

Prosecutor Paul Farrow said three devices were recovered, which contained 381 category A images – the most serious – and one video.

Police also found 237 category B images and four videos, and 528 category C images.

Mr Farrow said: “Analysis of a USB port found certain images were in particular folders, which were named.

“Some images were of children as young as four or five.”

Police went to Park’s workplace in Rode Heath to arrest him following the raid.

When interviewed he answered no comment to officers’ questions, save to agree the computer had been in his bedroom.

He went on to plead guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of a child, and five counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Kevin Mortlock, mitigating, said: “Mr Park accepts using very specific search terms that could only have resulted in indecent images being displayed on his computer.

“He doesn’t shy away from the fact that there are clear victims of this sort of offending.”

Mr Mortlock added that Park, of Holly Lane, Harriseahead, had led an ‘industrious life’ and had been in work since he left school.

Judge David Fletcher handed Park a three-year community order, under which he must complete a 50-day rehabilitation activity requirement and the community sex offenders programme.

Judge Fletcher told him: “You are downloading, sifting through, cataloguing and looking at human misery on a massive scale.

“You are looking at real people, real children – some of them very young – who have absolutely no say in what is happening to them.

“The pictures are frankly vile. They are undoubtedly distressing, painful and hugely degrading for those children.”

Judge Fletcher warned Park he would go to prison if he did not co-operate with the order.

He said: “Apart from work, your life is devoid of anything interesting or stimulating. You need to sort that out, not sit festering in your bedroom looking at this material, but doing something constructive.”

Judge Fletcher imposed a five-year sexual harm prevention order, which means Park can only use computer equipment or mobile devices which store his browsing history.

He must also surrender any computer equipment in his possession to the police immediately on request.

Park will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.