October 2017

Man with indecent images and video involving sex act on dog walks free from court

A man who admitted possessing hundreds of indecent images of children as young as six years old – and an extreme pornographic video involving sex acts with a dog – has avoided being sent to jail.

Richard Neate, of Gunning Way in Cambridge, told police he had been “running a business selling adult porn to other adults” but this had spiralled into him viewing the indecent material.

The 27-year-old had previously admitted three charges of making indecent images of children and one charge of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

The case was deemed so serious it was committed to Cambridge Crown Court for sentencing today (Wednesday, October 18).

Neate was handed a three-year community order and 150 hours of unpaid work as “added punishment”.

He was also ordered to complete a 50-day ‘horizon programme’ and a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement to address his behaviour and prevent further offending.

Marti Blair, prosecuting, said the matter first came to light after police visited Neate’s address to investigate a series of tweets he had posted on Twitter.

She added: “This was on November 23 last year; the defendant was asked by officers about his computer history but he became nervous and was unwilling to share this voluntarily.


“He was arrested and the computer equipment was seized – including a MacBook laptop and two hard drives.

“Indecent images were found on all three devices.”

There were 129 category A ‘moving’ images discovered by police, as well as 76 category B and eight category C pictures.

A extreme pornographic moving image also recovered involved a man performing sex acts with a dog, the court was told.

Miss Blair said the indecent images involved boys and girls as young as six years old.

In a police interview, Neate said he had been running a business selling adult porn to other adults for a fee.

He told officers that this had led to him searching the dark web for indecent images of children.

Neate admitted performing sex acts while watching the material and said he was sexually interested in children about 15 years old.

Sentencing, Judge David Farrell QC said a community order as punishment was “better for the public” because it would ensure this type of behaviour by Neate was never be repeated again.

He told Neate: “If you do repeat this behaviour you won’t be getting a second chance.

“If I gave you a 12-month sentence today you would be out in the community in six months, without the controls and help which I can order you be given to prevent you from doing this again.”

Judge Farrell said the courts take an “extremely serious view” of those who view indecent images of children.

Neate was also ordered to pay £600 in court costs and must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Sexual harm prevention order

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) for five years.

The order prevents Neate from:

  • Having any device capable of accessing the internet which could later be cleared of search history

  • Deleting any internet search history

  • Using any software to clear or wipe internet use

  • Buying internet search elimination software

  • Having any contact with any children under the age of 18

  • Supervising any children under the age of 18

  • Any device capable of accessing the internet must be available for inspection by police at any time

  • Monitoring software must be installed on any device capable of accessing the internet