Dean Faulkner used dark web to access indecent images of children

A pervert found with more than 21,000 indecent images of children, some as young as six months old, and adults, on his computer has been jailed.

Dean Faulkner, 36, had a collection of 21,113 indecent images of children across four electronic devices including a computer.

He was found to have access to, and downloaded; ‘base, disgusting and revolting imagery’.

The indecent images were downloaded by Faulkner between October 2014 and July 2019, the day of his arrest, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

On this day in July 2019, Faulkner was visited by a officer relating to his sexual harm prevention order, in place for previous offences.

His electronic devices were searched where the indecent images were discovered.

Faulkner was searching for these images, both still and moving, on the dark web via a private browser.

He was accessing the material while his partner of 10 years was sleeping upstairs.

He also made the material that he collected available for other individuals to download on the dark web, as there was evidence of file sharing software on his computer, prosecutor Rebecca Young said.

Faulkner was accessing indecent images on a daily basis at one point. He was later interviewed by police, where he said he needed help with his addiction to such material.

Faulkner, of Mayo Avenue, Bradford, was jailed for three years and nine months for six offences of making indecent photographs of children, possession of prohibited images of children, possessing an extreme pornographic image of a sexual act between an adult and a dog.

He was also sentenced for breaching a sexual offences prevention order made against him in January 2014.

Faulkner has a number of previous convictions including gross indecency and 21 counts of possession of indecent images of children.

Faulkner, who pleaded guilty to the charges against him at an earlier hearing, was also placed under a sexual harm prevention order for the rest of his life.

Describing Faulkner as a ‘potential danger’, Judge Jonathan Rose said: “You opened your computer to other like-minded paedophiles.

“You derived sexual pleasure out of watching the abuse and defilement of children in a sexual way.

“You offended while your partner slept upstairs. You descended into the dark web. You found the most base material you could in a way to avoid detection.

“When you were working, you did not give into your sexual interest in children, but once you lost your job you did. This excuse is wholly without merit.

“Your offending continued up until the day of your arrest.

“You have taken few, if not any, steps to control your extreme offending.

“If men like you did not watch it, it would not be made.”