June 2016

Man admits child abuse images offences after setting up fake Facebook profile

A man from Ilfracombe has admitted downloading over 1000 indecent images of children after setting up a Facebook account in a false name.

Ian Peacock, 47, claimed to be aged 15 on the Facebook account, and may have been in e-mail contact with children, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Peacock admitted three charges of making indecent images of children and his sentence was delayed for four months by Judge Geoffrey Mercer.

He adjourned sentence to allow time for the police to carry out further inquiries into the use of the Facebook account and investigate if there has been contact with children.

Peacock admitted downloading 47 images of the worst category A, which shows activity including the rape of children

Richard Crabb, for the defence, said Peacock has already been on police bail for almost a year and is very keen to have the case finalised.

He said Peacock denies having been in email contact with any young people.