April 2019

Pervert confessed to downloading child abuse images at his home in Leeds after release from jail

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A pervert watched child sexual abuse images and movies at his home in Leeds after being released from a prison sentence imposed for accessing similar vile images.

Michael Sutcliffe, 46, confessed to police that he had been “doing it again” after officers went to his home to check that he was behaving himself.

Sutcliffe was given a 22-month sentence in 2015 for downloading 65,000 abusive images depicting sexual abuse of children and animals.

He was released from cutody with conditions not to inform police of any computer device he had access to and not to delete his internet browsing history.

Heather Gilmore, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how police went to his home in February year last to check that he was complying with his sexual harm prevention order.

Sutcliffe admitted to an officer that he had been offending again and handed over laptops and USB sticks.

Police returned to his home days later to take him to be interviewed.

He told an officer he “had not been completely honest” and handed over another laptop.

Sutcliffe admitted that he had been downloading and saving illegal images but denied being sexually attracted to child.

Ms Gilmore said: “When asked why he looked at images of children he replied ‘why not?'”

The computers were found to contain 366 illegal images of girls aged between six and 16 years of age.

One of the images was at category A – the most serious level of offending.

Sutcliffe, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing indecent images of children and two of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

He was given a 20 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to take part in a 90-day programme designed to address his offending and to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

West Yorkshire Police officers seized computers and equipment from Sutcliffe’s then home in East End Park, Leeds, in June 2014.

Almost 64,000 illegal images and movies were found. Some 506 images and 27 movies were at category A.

June 2015

Pervert had almost 65,000 child abuse images on his home computer – Jailed

A pervert who downloaded an “astonishing” number of extreme sexually abusive images of children on computers at his home in Leeds has been jailed.

A part-time judge told Michael Sutcliffe that members of the public would be appalled if he was not sent straight to prison after a court heard of the graphic nature of the images he had accessed over a five-year period.

Some of the sexually abusive images depicted children and animals.

West Yorkshire Police officers seized computers and equipment from Sutcliffe’s home in East End Park on June 4 last year.

Almost 64,000 illegal images and movies were found. Some 506 images and 27 movies were at category A – the most serious level of offending.

Leeds Crown Court heard Sutcliffe immediately showed the officers where they could find the illegal material and co-operated with the investigation.

He pleaded guilty to six offences of making and one of possessing indecent images of children. He was jailed for 22 months.

Stuart Field, mitigating, described Sutcliffe as a “solitary” man who had developed an obsession with the images and struggled to fight his compulsion to view them. Mr Field said his client had felt a sense of relief when officers arrested him.

Recorder Charles Ekins said: “I accept that from the moment that the police attended at your property, you acknowledged in effect what you had done.

“But I wonder, over the four or five year period that you downloaded these images…what remorse you felt for these very young children who were the victims of many cases of the most extreme forms of sexual abuse imaginable. The profligacy of which you downloaded the images is astonishing.”