November 2020

Hartlepool loner had largest haul of child indecency images police officer had ever seen

A pervert who amassed the biggest haul of child abuse images a police officer had ever seen has been jailed.

Lee Dennison, from Hartlepool, downloaded over 150,000 indecent images of children and hundreds of hours of videos for years in his squalid flat.

Teesside Crown Court heard the 45-year-old was obsessed with filling up his various computer and storage devices.

In total, police charged Dennison with possessing over 158,624 indecent and illegal images after raiding his home in March last year.

Teesside Crown Court heard the 45-year-old was obsessed with filling up his various computer and storage devices.

In total, police charged Dennison with possessing over 158,624 indecent and illegal images after raiding his home in March last year.

Dennison had 1,969 images of the worst kind of abuse, 2,163 in the next category of seriousness and 153,940 in the lowest categorisation.

He amassed the vast sick collection between September 2005 and March 2019.

Dennison, of Dobson Place, also pleaded guilty to possessing 450 prohibited images of children and 102 extreme pornographic images.

The court heard the child victims in the images ranged from very young to teens.

He also had around 1.2 million non-indecent pictures of children.

Mr Turton added: “The investigating officer has never come across a case where the quantity of indecent images of children and child abuse.”

Judge Jonathan Carroll rejected claims by Dennison that he did not have a sexual interest in children saying he showed a “total lack of insight” into his crimes.

Jailing Dennison for two years, Judge Carroll said: “When you commit these offences they are not just video files, they are files of real children really being sexually abused and in seeking out this material you are promoting and encouraging the market in this material.”