May 2017

Police found address being used for indecent images belonged to ‘depraved’ Flintshire sex offender

Police who learned a particular computer address was being used to download indecent images of children found it belonged to a registered sex offender.

Adam Culshaw, 27, had been given a suspended prison sentence in 2012 at Liverpool Crown Court for making indecent images by downloading them from the internet and possessing extreme images.

At Mold Crown Court on Thursday, Culshaw, of Villa Road in Sealand, was jailed for eight months after he admitted making 11 indecent images by downloading – two of them at the worst category A.

He was placed on the sex offender register for 10 years and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order was made.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said it was not the first time that the defendant had been in court for such offences.

The court heard that, in March of this year, police executed a search warrant at his Deeside home and further images were found on his computer tablet.

In interview with the police, he had been candid and admitted using peer-to-peer software.

It turned out he had also engaged in conversations of a sexual nature in chat rooms with other adults about children.

Judge Rowlands said the number of images was modest but they were disturbing offences, more so because he had previously been given an opportunity to address his “totally depraved behaviour”.

Acting on intelligence, police executed a search warrant at 8am on March 1 at the defendant’s home address.

He was in work but the images were found on his tablet.

He admitted using chat rooms where he engaged in conversations with other adults about sexually abusing children.

The 11 images were “live”, which meant they were accessible.

File names in the web history suggested that previous images had been downloaded.


November 2011

Promising Hunts Cross RAF mechanic’s child porn secret

A PROMISING RAF mechanic was “living a dark secret” pouring over revolting child porn images.

Adam Culshaw, 22, was praised by his RAF officers and colleagues as “outstanding” and an example to others.

But Liverpool crown court heard in reality the mechanic was secretly hoarding thousands of sickening child porn images.

Judge David Aubrey QC said: “This court now knows, and also your loyal and supportive parents now know, you have been living a dark secret in private, pouring over utterly revolting or abusive images of young children.”

Martin Decker, prosecuting, said Culshaw’s double life was exposed after he returned a hard drive he had exchanged for an earlier faulty model.

When a Maplins worker checked it, he found a video Culshaw had deleted of a girl aged about three being abused.

Police visited Culshaw at RAF Brize Norton in Oxford and seized his laptop.

When an expert further examined the hardware, they uncovered a total of 3,299 indecent images of children, as well as 218 extreme pornography.

Judge Aubrey said: “Every single image you poured over in private represents the abuse of a child.”

But the judge told Culshaw, of Kingsholme Park, Hunts Cross, he would suspend a 10-month jail sentence for two years with supervision and a condition he attends a sex offender programme.