August 2019

Man found with 2,500 indecent images of children jailed for one year


A man who was found with 2,500 indecent images of children has been jailed for a year.

Stephen Fincham, 61, of Healthleigh Drive, Langdon Hills was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He received 12 month concurrent sentences for four counts of indecent images.

He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

On December 11, 2018, Essex Police received information that indecent images had been uploaded on November 26 last year.

Police obtained and executed a search warrant at Finchams home on December 22 and he was arrested.

A number of devices were seized and 2,577 indecent images of children were found – with 89 in the most serious category for indecent images.

Detective Sergeant Jim Adams, from our Police Online Investigations Team, said: “As soon as it become clear that indecent images were being uploaded from Fincham’s property, we successfully executed a warrant at his address.

“Devices were seized and thousands of indecent images of varying categories were found on them.

“Fincham will serve time in prison and will have conditions placed on him through a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, helping us to monitor him and his access to devices.”