August 2019

Whitby man jailed for three years following alert from police in Australia

A Whitby man has been jailed for three years after police in Australia uncovered sickening images and online conversations about abusing children.

Nathan Peter Smith, 29, of Helredale Road, was jailed by York Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of distributing indecent images of children.

Police in South Australia arrested a local man on suspicion of distributing images of child abuse and discovered images that Smith had sent him along with an 89-page online chat of the pair discussing how they would like to abuse children in real life.

Smith was arrested by North Yorkshire Police after being alerted by officers in Australia via the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Officers seized Smith‘s computer and mobile phones and discovered over 300 images of child abuse, including 59 photographs and three videos graded at category A – the most severe – 56 photographs and one video at category B and 211 images graded at category C .