August 2021

Mum ‘furious’ after her Sheffield home is raided by police over son who downloaded child abuse images onto PS4

A paedophile who continued to download pictures of children being abused despite being investigated by police now has his internet usage monitored by his “furious” mother.

Daniel Ledger was arrested twice at his Sheffield home he shares with his mum over his downloading of indecent images onto his mobile phones, computer and even his PS4.

The 29-year-old was already on the sex offenders’ register after being given a caution for similar offences and police were alerted when he uploaded child abuse from a mobile phone, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

When officers first arrested him at his home in Woolley Wood Road, he tried to hide his phone under a mattress in a bid to conceal evidence.

Police found the phone and also seized laptops and USB sticks and found a total of 230 indecent images and one video.

Prosecutor Fatima Zafar told the court that during a forensic examination of an iPad, officers found evidence of vile search terms including images of young boys.

During interview, he told police he was not sexually aroused by the images but would often look at them – sometimes on a daily basis.

He added that he was sorry and needed help.

Ledger was arrested for a second time in January 2020 where police seized a Huawei mobile phone and found 129 indecent images, some of which were inaccessible.

In May 2021, he was asked to voluntarily attend a police station and officers found indecent images once again on his mobile phone, but also on his PS4.

When he was interviewed again, he continued to state he was not attracted to children.

Judge Sarah Wright told Ledger that the images he had downloaded involved “very serious sexual offences being committed against defenceless children”.

She added: “It is heartbreaking for most people to see or hear about that kind of material. Because you do that and because you download those images, you are seen as a threat to children.

“Because you downloaded these images, what you and others do is promote the commission of serious and damaging offences by others in order to make these images.

“These are the reasons these sorts of offences are regarded so seriously. These are real children who are being grossly sexually abused.”

Ledger was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He must also carry out 55 sex offender treatment sessions.