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.