May 2021

Heaton pervert had ‘enormous’ collection of more than 200,000 indecent images of children

A pervert who amassed an “enormous” collection of indecent images of children has been spared prison.

Over a 16 year period, Christian Fletcher downloaded more than 200,000 child abuse photographs by trawling the internet for the illegal material.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he had “catalogued” his collection when police raided his home in Heaton, Newcastle.

Now the 49-year-old has been given a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty and admitting he needs help.

The court heard it was in September 2018 that police swooped and seized various devices from Fletcher’s home.

On them were 236 of the most serious, category A, images, 447 class B and 205,382 class C. There were also 11,665 prohibited images of children.

He pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images between 2002 and 2018 and one of possessing prohibited images.

Judge Robert Adams sentenced him to 15 months suspended for two years with a ten year sexual harm prevention order and a requirement he completes a sex offender treatment programme.