November 2016

Chelmsford dad caught looking at indecent images by his son

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A Chelmsford dad was caught looking at indecent images of children by his son – who then called the police.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how Graham Hellewell, 73, was looking at indecent images on his computer when his son walked into the room.

Stephen Sparkes, prosecuting, told the court how Hellewell had closed the screen when his son entered the lounge of their family home in Jeffcut Road.

“He came downstairs before 6am in the morning and looking into the lounge he saw his dad looking at the computer and said he could see a woman’s face on the screen and his dad closed the screen,” said Mr Sparkes.

“He saw a grey USB stick in the computer and later found it behind the computer and looked on it, because he was concerned by what he thought may have been on it. He could see indecent images of children were held on it.”

Mr Sparkes told the court how in the early hours of the morning on July 8 police arrived at the house and carried out a search.

They found more than 2,000 indecent images of children across two USB drives, a USB stick and on the computer.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of making indecent photographs of children and one count of possessing indecent photographs of children.

He will be sentenced on November 8