April 2021

A South Yorkshire pervert caught with thousands of indecent images of children is jailed

A pervert who was caught by police with thousands of indecent images of children has been put behind bars.

Sheffield Crown Court heard on April 23 how Lee Taylor, aged 51, of Daylands Avenue, Conisbrough, between Rotherham and Doncaster, had his home searched by police who found the images on a laptop and hard drive.

Edison Flint, prosecuting, said a warrant was executed on October 25, 2018, at the defendant’s home on suspicion someone in the location had been downloading indecent images of children.

The court heard police recovered category C rated images including 8,753 images and no fewer than 228 moving images.

There were also 53 still images and over 100 moving videos from category B, and three still images and no fewer than 48 moving videos from category A, according to the court.

Taylor pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images relating to categories A, B and C, with A being the most serious.

Lauren Fisher, defending, said: “He accepts downloading at least some of the images but he maintains some of them were sent to him.”

She added that Taylor has not come to the attention of the courts or the police since these offences for any repeated behaviour of this sort.

Ms Fisher also said Taylor has been left fearful about people finding out about the offences and he has been fearful of going into Doncaster town centre.

Recorder Benjamin Nolan QC told Taylor: “The children involved were sometimes very young and their misery can be seen no doubt in viewing some of the images.”

He added: “The fact of the matter is images of this sort have to be made in order to be viewed and to be made there has been extreme cruelty to children and those who have these images are contributing to the cruelty of children.”

Recorder Nolan sentenced Taylor to nine months of custody.

Taylor was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period.