June 2021

Jail for Arnold man, 46, found with more than 40,000 sex abuse images

A man from Arnold who amassed a collection of more than 400,000 child sexual abuse images has been jailed.

Scot Fox, 46, was arrested when police uncovered evidence linking him to the online purchase of indecent material.

An investigation was started and Fox was arrested at this home address in September last year.

Officers seized a number of electronic devices and later uncovered a total of 402,017 photographs and videos – mainly stored on a single computer.

More than 7,500 of those images were rated as category A, depicting the most serious acts of sexual abuse that can be committed against children.

Fox, of Catlow Walk, immediately admitted his offending to officers and said he’d been collecting the images for around 20 years.

He later pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children. The charges relate to the act of saving and storing the material.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday he was jailed for two years. In addition he was added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years, and also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order that will tightly restrict his on-line activity when he is released from jail.