January 2017

Middle-aged Stockton man caught with more than 3,000 child abuse images

A middle-aged man who was caught with more than 3,000 child abuse images has been spared jail.

The judge said that James Hyland, 42, from Stockton, suffers from a treatable form of autism and he would be extremely vulnerable in prison.

Prosecutor Jenny Haigh told Teesside Crown Court that officers from Cleveland Police’s Online Paedophile Investigation team received a report that there was child sexual abuse images being downloaded from a house in Thornaby.

When officers went to his home with a search warrant on November 18, 2015, which revealed two units in his bedroom and there were 1,861 items of child porn at the most serious Level A including nine movies, 1,331 at Level B including three movies and 255 images at Level C.

In interview he did accept that he had an interest in young children, which he blamed on his “insufficiency”.

Judge Shaun Morris told Hyland: “I have no doubt that if I were to send you to prison you would be extremely vulnerable.

“You know right from wrong so you are right to be punished but it would be wrong to send you inside.”

Hyland, of Timothy Court, Stockton, was sentenced to 10 months jail suspended for two years with a Sexual Offence’s Prevention Order for five years, an activities requirement and he was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years after he pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children.


October 2016

Stockton man admits having 3,435 indecent photographs of children

A man could face prison after he admitted having more than 3,000 indecent pictures of children.

James Hyland, 42, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

He admitted making a total of 3,435 illegal images on dates before November 18 last year.

Paul Cleasby, defending, said: “There’s a real risk of a custodial sentence in this case.”

He asked for sentencing to be adjourned for pre-sentence reports and psychiatric reports to be prepared.

Judge Howard Crowson agreed, bailing Hyland until he is expected to learn his fate on January 16 next year.

He told the defendant: “By that time we should have everything ready to sentence you.

“In order to get the right sentence I will want some more information about you.

“Bail doesn’t mean you won’t go to prison at the end of this. You might.”

Hyland, of Timothy Court, Stockton , will now be on the sex offenders’ register.