May 2016

Man had scores of child abuse images on computer


A MAN has been sentenced after child sexual abuse photos and movies were found on his laptop.

Police who raided the home of 24-year-old Samuel Whetton in June last year found he had downloaded scores of illegal still and moving images.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that some of the photos recovered by officers featured children as young as five.

Whetton, of Park Terrace, Workington, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent category A, B and C images of children during a 20-month period. He also admitted one count of possessing a prohibited image.

Whetton was sentenced at the crown court today by Judge Barbara Forrester, who heard he was “ashamed and disgusted” by his crimes.

A three-year community order was imposed, comprising 200 hours’ unpaid work, a rehabilitation requirement and attendance on a sex offenders’ course.

In addition, Whetton was made subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order, and was placed on the sex offenders’ register.