July 2016

‘Loner’ caught with indecent videos and images of children

LONER David Wagstaff downloaded indecent images of children on his computer.

The 27-year-old was arrested after police officers raided his Talke address.

Officers seized his laptop and hard drive, which were examined and were found to contain four indecent still images and 22 indecent movies, including 15 at category A – the most serious.

Now Wagstaff has been handed a three-year community order at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kevin Jones said police went to the defendant’s home in Talke on March 25 last year.

Mr Jones said: “Police recovered a laptop computer and hard drive. They were examined and police found indecent images on them.”

In total police found two still images at category B; two at category C; 15 movies at category A; five at category B and two at category C.

The images were downloaded between January 5, 2014 and March 26, 2015 and involved children aged six to 14.

The defendant made full admissions in his police interview.

Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Wagstaff to a three-year community order with conditions he completes the internet sex offender group work programme and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 10 days.

He was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for three years and will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Judge Glenn said: “I accept you are now disgusted by your behaviour. Your actions would have had a detrimental effect on your family. You present as a somewhat isolated individual who lacks confidence and suffers from low self-esteem.

“These are real children being abused.”

Wagstaff must also pay £250 costs.