November 2012

Man admits having 300 child abuse pics

A man charged with possessing more than 300 indecent images of children has admitted downloading them to his computer after viewing them on the internet.

Peter Slatter, 64, of The Rowlands, in Biggleswade, pleaded guilty to 19 counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs, possessing 331 still or moving images and possessing five prohibited images of a child.

A court heard how Slatter came to the attention of police when they found records of him accessing a website known to show indecent images of children.

They attended his address where they found his laptop containing 216 level one images, 45 level two images, 52 level three images, and 18 level four images, the latter of which showed penetrative sexual activity between adults and children.

Level four is the second most serious category of images involving sexual activity with children.

Prosecutor Camille Gifford said: “When he was interviewed he was very candid about his actions and at the outset when he was asked if he had images he said he did.

“He told the police ‘you don’t always get what you are asking for’ and the first time they came up it was an accident but then he continued looking at them afterwards.” Defending, Jo Cestaro, said: “There was a large amount of level one material which is the lowest level and there is no issue about him distributing it. He made very full and frank admissions to police when he was arrested in November last year.”

Slatter pleaded guilty to all of the charges at Bedford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday but as magistrates deemed the case so serious, it was committed to Luton Crown Court for sentencing later this month.