Update: Now living back in Germany

May 2016

Staffordshire University student caught with almost 1,600 child abuse images

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A FOREIGN student was caught with almost 1,600 child porn images – after taking his laptop to a shop to be repaired.

Jannick Wuttke had told staff at the Stoke store that his computer ‘was very slow and kept on freezing’.

But when they analysed the equipment, they found evidence of indecent photos and immediately alerted the police.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old had been studying at Staffordshire University at the time and was allowed to complete his course.

Wuttke, formerly of Shelton Old Road, Stoke, has since moved back to his native Germany, where he is preparing to start an apprenticeship.

Appearing in court yesterday, he was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and ordered to pay £300 costs.

But as British courts have no jurisdiction over Germany, the terms of his sentence just apply to the UK. He will have to notify the authorities if he returns to Britain in future.

Paul Farrow, prosecuting, said the initial offences came to light on October 1, 2014. Wuttke was arrested and gave a frank interview.

Mr Farrow told the court: “He said he had looked at pornography from 14 years of age, when he first had use of a computer. He then began to look at other images and searched for ‘children’.”

Wuttke said he had started downloading child porn out of curiosity, but continued to view it for several years. Following his arrest, police seized several other computers and a memory stick, where further material was found.

Wuttke pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent photos of a child on December 1, 2014, including 112 images classed as the most serious, category A. There were also 142 category B and 1,306 category C images.

Judge Paul Glenn said the circumstances were unusual as he is no longer a UK resident. He told the defendant: “I don’t think an immediate prison sentence is appropriate. I would like to put your treatment on a proper basis, but you need to go back to Germany.”