October 2016

Paedophile who made images of children as young as two avoids jail

A paedophile has escaped a jail sentence despite admitting making and possessing indecent images of children as young as two.

Richard Cribb, 29, of Harwich Road, Colchester, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing.

He had previously admitted three charges relating to making and possessing images and movies to distribute of children aged as young as two and three.

Some of the images were assessed to be category A which is the most serious level.

Despite the recommended sentence for those with category A images being custody of at least a year, Cribb was given a 36 month community order by judges.

Guidelines state offenders can be given a community order where there is “sufficient prospect of rehabilitation”.

Cribb was also told to carry out a sexual offences programme and pay £340 and as given a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

Cribb was caught by Essex Police after his Skype account was flagged up. Officers issued a search warrant at his address and confiscated electronic devices.

Cribb was initially interviewed twice but refused to answer questions posed by officers.

He appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court last month and admitted making 38 indecent images of children between February 26 2015 and November 2 2015.

He admitted a second charge of making ten indecent images of children between the same dates.

He also pleaded guilty to a third charge of possessing to distribute images and movies of children on July 29.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction for his sentencing and sent Cribb to the crown court.

After reading a pre-sentence report, Recorder Gerard Pounder sentenced Cribb.