December 2016

Pervert downloaded over 4,000 images of children as young as two being subjected to sickening abuse

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A pervert who downloaded images of children as young as two being subjected to sickening abuse has been locked up.

Over five years, Graham Langley amassed over 4,000 “distressing and disturbing” pictures and videos including 1,791 in the most severe category in law.

He committed the offences in the Redcar area between June 2011 and this June.

Defending, John Nixon, told Teesside Crown Court Langley said he initially downloaded adult pornography “due to issues in his marriage”.

When the programme he used was barred by his internet provider he began accessing another which, he claimed, downloaded the unlawful material.

“He accepts he used that programme knowing it was likely to produce more of the same material,” said Mr Nixon.

“Not all of the images were seen and all of the images were deleted.”

Langley’s health deteriorated in 1999 with arthritis then renal failure, the court was told, and he is now on dialysis three days a week.

He and his wife separated on the day he was arrested for the offences after many years of marriage.

The 57-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and two charges of possessing prohibited images of children.

The court heard he has one relevant previous conviction for which he was jailed in 1999 for indecently assaulting two young victims under the age of 13.

Sentencing him, Judge James Brown said he accepted the images did not start out of an unlawful nature and Langley was initially searching for adult pornography “because of issues between you and your wife”.

But he added the material downloaded contained children being subjected to the most appalling forms of abuse” that was “frankly hardly to believe”.

He jailed Langley, of Drub Lane, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, for 16 months and made him the subject of a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.