Pervert jailed for possession of indecent images of children
In one of the first prosecutions under a new law against so-called ‘legal highs’ a 29-year-old man from Milton Keynes was sentenced to more than three years in prison.
At the same hearing he was also sentenced for distributing an indecent video involving children.
William Cook, of Fernan Dell, Crownhill, pleaded guilty to a number of offences including possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply and possession and distribution of indecent images of children, drug offences and money laundering. He was also placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.
He was sentenced yesterday at Aylesbury Crown Court to a total of 91 months for the following offences:
– Possession with intent to supply class A for which he received a sentence of 31 months’ imprisonment
– Possession of an offensive weapon for which was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment to run concurrently
– Possession and distribution of indecent images of children – he received a nine month sentence to run concurrently and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years
– Two counts of extreme pornography for which he received two sentences of six months to be served concurrently
– He was given a nine month sentence for money laundering to be served consecutively
At approximately 10.15am on May 13, 2015 a drugs warrant was executed at an address in Mead Crescent, Redhouse Park. During the house search several packages containing white powder, believed to be class A drugs, were found, clear plastic drug deal bags, six mobile phones, scales and £1,260 in cash.
Outside the address, an Audi Q5 believed to be used by Cook, was searched and inside an extendable truncheon was seized from beside the driver’s seat and more drugs were found. Cook was then arrested.
During interview Cook stated he had no money and was struggling financially due to unemployment. Cook was claiming housing benefit and job seekers allowance, however, he was living in a privately rented three bedroomed house and driving a new Audi Q5.
A subsequent financial investigation showed Cook had a large amount of money (approximately £55,000) which had been transferred into his account over a five month period.
As part of the investigation Cook’s mobile phone was examined and a Category A indecent video involving children was found in his whatsapp account.
This video had been distributed by Cook in 2013 to his friend as he ‘thought it was funny’. Cook stated the video had been sent via social media.
There were also two indecent videos. He was charged on February 29 this year.
Investigating officer Det Con Stephanie Mason of Milton Keynes police station said: “Cook believed that as he had received the video via social media he was not committing offences by forwarding the video on to friends. This is a stark warning to others that any extreme pornography or indecent images received via social media will be dealt with and you will be charged if caught by police.”
While Cook was on bail for the above offences he was searched arrested on July 9, 2016 at the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) at The Bowl, Central Milton Keynes, in relation to drug offences. He was charged on July 11 with the following to which he pleaded guilty to at Aylesbury Crown Court this week and was sentenced as follows:
– Possession with intent to supply class A drugs – a 12 month sentence to be served concurrently with the earlier sentences for the offences in May 2015
– Possession of a Psychoactive Substance with intent to supply. He was given a sentence of 42 months’ imprisonment to be served consecutively.
At the EDC Cook was found holding a large white bag, which contained 94 small gas canisters and 152 balloons.
Officers were aware that these are often used at festivals by people to get high and that the balloons are used to assist with the inhalation of the gas into the body. These are also known as ‘legal highs’.
Cook was also carrying £850 in cash and a brown wallet containing 11 small white bags of white powder, later confirmed as cocaine.