April 2021

Pervert was part of paedophile network sharing vile child abuse images online

A paedophile network pervert who took illegal photos of a child was caught with thousands of indecent images and movies of children as young as babies being raped

Adam Lumley exchanged thousands of photographs and videos with like-minded paedophiles online.

The 29-year-old, convicted of indecent exposure last year, had amassed his vile collection between 2013 and 2020.

Newcastle Crown Court he also distributed some of the material and was part of a network of paedophiles sharing images online.

Now Lumley, of Stanton Street, Arthurs Hill, Newcastle, has been jailed for more than three years.

Judge Julie Clemitson told him: “A large number of victims were caused great harm in the making of those images.

“People like you who trade in indecent images of children perpetuate the misery those children suffer as they are abused to produce those images for other people’s sexual gratification.”

Lumley pleaded guilty to distributing indecent images and possessing 2,611 of the most serious, category A, images, including 1,628 movies, all showing the rape or torture of young children

He also had 1,674 category B and 3,021 category C images. 

The ages of the children ranged from babies to 15 year olds.

There were many thousands of other images on his devices and cloud platforms that police did not examine to see if they were illegal.

He admitted he planned to upload some pictures he took of a child doing a private act in exchange for more material from other users.

Lumley also admitted voyeurism, possessing extreme pornography involving an adult and a dog and possessing prohibited images of a child.

When he was interviewed by the police, he admitted he had a sexual interest in children.

Andrew Findlay, prosecuting, said: “He had spoken to others (on online cloud platforms) about their interest in children, fantasising about sexual activity with children and images were exchanged.

“There’s clearly an active involvement in a network that creates and shares images of children.”

Lumley was jailed for three years and two months and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and sex offenders registration for ten years.

The court heard he has lost his marriage as a result of his offending and he he has become very isolated, with most of his family distancing themselves from him as they are appalled.