January 2021

Paedophile caught with images of himself abusing child

A paedophile from the Isle of Wight who was caught with thousands of indecent images of children including some that showed himself abusing a young child has been jailed for a decade.

Michael Anthony Henderson of Ventnor sexually abused a child and was caught with a stash of indecent images.

The 32-year-old came to the attention of police when he was flagged discussing child abuse in online forums.

Officers eventually seized a number of devices from him, including laptops, phones and a kindle which stored indecent content.

They included a number of images showing Henderson abusing a child. The child was identified by police. 

Henderson of Ventnor was charged with four counts of sexual assault on a child, five of taking indecent images of a child, three of distribution of indecent images, four of possession of indecent images, one of possession of prohibited images of children and one of possession of extreme pornography.

He pleaded guilty to the three counts of distribution of indecent images, four of possession of indecent images, one of possession of prohibited images of children and one of possession of extreme pornography.

He was convicted of the four counts of sexual assault on a child and five of taking indecent images of a child after a trial.

Appearing at Isle of Wight Crown Court for sentencing last Friday he was jailed for ten years.