December 2016

Caretaker jailed over huge child abuse images collection

A flats caretaker from Sandwell found with a huge collection of vile child sexual abuse images has been jailed for two years.

Thousands of indecent images – some of which were available for other internet users – had been catalogued by 52-year-old Stephen Poole, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

They featured boys and girls aged up to 17 but most were babies and toddlers, explained Mr James Dunstan, prosecuting.

Police, who raided Poole’s home in Lincoln Road, Smethwick, on May 17 following a tip off, found over 8,000 indecent images on a computer tower, lap top, hard drive and USB stick, continued Mr Dunstan.

Of these, over 800 were ruled to be in the most serious category of child porn. The defendant also had 294 discs with pictures and videos of children on them.

Poole, who has two sons, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images and three of possession of similar images.

November 2016

Dudley man had stash of 9,000 child sexual abuse images

A pervert form Dudley has admitted creating and hoarding a huge stash of more than 9,000 child sexual abuse images.

Stephen Poole, aged 55, of Oak Street, Coseley, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and three of possessing indecent images of children with a view to distributing or sharing them.

The images were created between October 2002 and May 2006.

Poole created 805 Category A images, which depict the most serious levels of child sex abuse. He also created 779 Category B images and 6,600 Category C pictures.

He was also in possession of 107 Category A images, 88 Category B images and 650 in Category C.

Poole has been bailed for pre-sentence reports on condition that he has no unsupervised contact with children aged 17 or younger, does not do any work, voluntary or paid, which puts him in direct contact with children, and does not access the internet other than at a public library or job centre.

He was also ordered to sign onto the sex offenders register.

Judge Michael Challinor told Poole at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday that he would be sentenced on December 9.

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