May 2007

Indecent images pervert is warned of ‘life’

A Teesside man who downloaded and distributed child sexual abuse images has been warned he could face a life sentence if he repeats his crimes.

Wayne Goldsbrough’s home was searched after child protection officers were told he had sent indecent images to a man in the West Midlands.

The 39-year-old, of Hartington Road, Stockton, admitted 16 charges of making indecent photographs of children from January to May last year.

He also admitted one count of possessing, and seven of distributing, such photographs.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said Goldsbrough’s computer contained 362 indecent still images and 61 movie files when it was seized on May 19 last year.

He told Teesside Crown Court: “The images were predominantly of boys aged between six and 15 years engaging in sexual activity.”

The majority were of the least serious levels in law, but some were in the worst categories.

Police officers found a folder of images titled “Wayne” on the computer of the man arrested in the Midlands.

Goldsbrough had transferred files to that man’s machine and chatted to him online about sex with underage boys.

He distributed seven movie files showing children aged between 10 and 15.

Christopher Baker, defending, said Goldsbrough pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was a man of previous good character.

Judge Les Spittle jailed Goldsbrough for nine months.

He said Goldsbrough downloaded pictures rather than photographed or filmed children himself, but there was a “substantial” number of images and the distribution was the most serious aspect.

“The distribution wasn’t for financial gain, it was to one other person only, you are not part of a chain or a net of distribution,” he added. “If it had been otherwise, your sentence would have been measured not in months, but in years.”

The judge did not find Goldsbrough a dangerous offender who needed an indefinite or extended sentence, but said: “You get involved in this again, you will go to prison for life.”

He passed two indefinite orders – one banning Goldsbrough from working with children, the other a sexual offences prevention order banning him from downloading from the Internet and having contact with under-18s except in certain circumstances.

He will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years.