January 2019

Judge points out “the obvious pain and suffering” of children in sickening collection of films and images


A judge has jailed a paedophile after telling him the age and vulnerability of the children in his collection of pictures was an aggravating feature.

Ian Walsh, 31, formerly of Arundel Place, Preston and now of HMP Preston, is starting a two year jail term.

Walsh, who is subject to a five year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), was being monitored by Lancashire Police’s Sex Offender Management Unit after being convicted of similar offences in 2016.

Suspicious officers seized mobile phones from him on two visits to his home and found evidence he had deleted his internet history.

A probe unearthed a sickening cache of 115 films of children being abused, along with 508 indecent images of youngsters and six involving animals.

Preston Crown Court heard 62 of the films and 200 images were deemed category A – the most serious in law.

Prosecutors said Walsh’s first phone was seized in December 2017.

In a further unannounced visit by police a Samsung Galaxy phone with a memory device was also taken to be studied.

The attempt to delete his search history put him in breach of his SHPO.

Walsh, who used to live in Moor Road, Chorley, denied purposely downloading images and suggested they related to a ‘dropbox’ before his arrest in 2016.

He has since admitted possessing and making indecent images, and extreme images, as well as breaching his order.

Defending Tom Lord, said: “The defendant acknowledges through me that his thinking was extremely distorted, glaringly so, worryingly so.

“Being exposed to high level offenders in custody has brought the seriousness of his offending home to him.”

Judge Beverley Lunt said: ” There a significant number of images here. “

There are of course other aggravating features – the failure to comply with the court order, which to use your expression, ‘didn’t phase you’, that you have carried on downloading and looking at images, the age and vulnerability of the children in the images, and the obvious pain and suffering of those children.”

He will be on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

May 2016

Paedophile with horrific images of child abuse NOT jailed

A man who was found with a collection of horrific images of child abuse on his computer has been barred from working with children and young 
people, and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Ian Walsh, of Moor Road, Chorley, admitted possessing indecent images of children between January 1 and August 22 last year at his address in Chorley.

It relates to 733 images being found of youngsters.

The 28-year-old also admitted three counts of making indecent images of children.

Preston Crown Court heard those charges related to 161 images deemed to be category A – the most serious – with a further 156 pictures at 
category B and 440 at category C.

Police had attended his home in the town and carried out a raid on August 21 last year, while he was absent from the address.

Officers seized a number of electrical items seized, which contained indecent images of children.

Later the same day, Walsh turned up at Chorley Police Station to inquire what was happening at his house.

He was then arrested.

Judge Jonathan Gibson, sentencing, discharged him conditionally for two years but imposed a three-year community order with a requirement to attend the internet sex offenders’ treatment programme.

He also imposed a five-year sexual harm prevention 
order (SHPO) restricting and 
monitoring his internet use, including banning him from deleting his internet search history.

Walsh had also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody at Skelmersdale Police Station in February as the probe into his activities was ongoing.