Indecent Images offence Category
On the 31st December 2013 the Sentencing Council [SC] published “Sexual Offences Definitive Guideline” [the New Guideline] which applies to all offenders aged 18 and older sentenced on or after the 1st April 2014.
This new scale to determine the indecency of child abuse images in UK courts. It now replaces the 5 levels of the ‘Copine scale’
The levels of seriousness the court will determine the offence category using the table below: –
* Distribution includes possession with a view to distributing or sharing images.
** Production includes the taking or making of any image at source, for instance the original image. Making an image by simple downloading should be treated as possession for the purposes of sentencing.
In the last two years, nearly 40 million child abuse images have been confiscated in England and Wales. The total comes from just five of the 43 police forces in England and Wales which were able to check their records.