July 2020

Paedophile jailed after spending £1.8k watching online child sexual abuse 

A depraved paedophile who spent nearly £1,800 accessing child sexual abuse through online live streaming services has been jailed.

Officers from the Police Online Investigation Team executed a warrant at the Cressing home of Ian Cowen in February last year.

It followed information that the internet connection at the address had been used to access indecent images of children between August and September 2018.

A number of computers, phones, and electronic storage devices containing hundreds of indecent images of children were found.

Web searches relating to the abuse of children were also found.

Officers also found dozens of chats with other users on Skype where Cowen discussed the abuse of children and offered to pay for live streams showing abuse.

In total, it was established the 35 year-old, of the Westerings, had spent nearly £1,800 between 2014 and 2019 with various online streaming services.

Cowen admitted admitted making indecent images of children, taking indecent images of children and attempting to arrange a child sexual offence, at Chelmsford Crown Court in April.

He was jailed for three years at the same court today