June 2016

Convicted paedophile caught with 250,000 images of child sexual abuse


A paedophile who was found with nearly a quarter of a million indecent images of kids on his laptop, some of which showed very young children being tortured and raped was said to be “addicted” to viewing them.

Ross McNaughton was sent to prison for four years after pleading guilty at Winchester Crown Court to six counts relating to making, distributing and possessing the images, some of which showed children as young as one-years-old being abused.

The 47-year-old, of Silvester Close, South View, was arrested by police in August last year, and tried to shut down a file sharing programme on his laptop when officers found him in his room.

A forensic examiner found McNaughton had searched the internet for child abuse of young children and had made and distributed thousands of the images, some of which were the most serious category A.

Prosecutor Sadie Rizzo said: “The age of the children are extremely young and there are images showing distress to these children.”

She told the court that the images were of female children, and that McNaughton viewed them every day between June 2014 and August 2015.

The court heard that McNaughton has a history of similar offences and had spent three months in prison for possessing indecent images in August 1997.

He last appeared in court in July 2006 for making and possessing indecent images of children, and was given a community rehabilitation order for three years.

Judge Michael Vere Hodge said he had taken this into consideration but concluded: “It simply can’t affect the way in which I have to sentence you.”

He described the number of images as “staggeringly high” showing “child sexual abuse of the worst kind”. He added: “To watch images of children in distress, being tortured in some, must put this in the worst possible category.”