September 2021

51,000 sickening child abuse images – but paedophile isn’t jailed

A paedophile computer engineer who “cloaked” his perverted online activities was found in possession of over 51,000 sickening abuse images.

David Green amassed a horrific collection of indecent images of children over a period of almost a decade and managed to get away undetected through use of software that enabled him to conceal his offending.

The 40-year-old was finally caught after he uploaded an indecent image in an internet search which was then flagged up to police – leading them to raid his Billingham home.

Green appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday where he avoided an immediate custodial sentence, having previously admitted making three counts of making indecent images of children.

The offences were committed between December 2010 and September 2019.

Omar Ahmad, prosecuting, said police went to his home on February 12, last year after receiving information that an indecent image had been uploaded to the internet.

The image was uploaded through an IP address that matched previously unconvicted Green’s home address.

A number of devices were seized from his bedroom, but in police interview he denied any involvement.

Mr Ahmad said Green’s devices were later examined and revealed images on seven devices.

On his devices, a total of 288 category A images were found, 16 of which were videos, and 472 category B images were also found, seven of which were videos.

A massive 50,502 category C images were also discovered, two of which were videos.

Mr Ahmad said that the category A images depicted children as young as six-years-old being abused.

He said forensic analysis found that Green had used “virtual names” in order to access indecent images and he used a Tor browser.

Mr Ahmad said Green had been “cloaking his activity online for many years” and software that “assisted in concealing his offending online” was found on his devices.

Sentencing him, Recorder Thomas Moran said Green committed the offences “over a lengthy period of time”.

He said Green had a “good job” as a computer engineer and was on a “good income”, but described him as “socially isolated”.

Recorder Moran gave Green, of Grosvenor Road, Billingham, a 14 month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 40 rehabilitation days.

He must also pay £420 costs and will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

He was also made subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.