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.