February 2017

Deeside man admits downloading hundreds of indecent images of children

A DEESIDE man who found himself with nothing to do while his child was in school started watching pornography – and then turned to illegal child images and films.

It emerged Ian George Patterson, 32, had also distributed a couple of images via Skype.

Police executed a warrant at his home found “a large collection” on indecent images of children, Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told yesterday.

Patterson, of Mancot Way in Mancot, admitted making by downloading 975 category C images, the least serious, and eight category B and five category A between May 2015 and November of last year.

He was bailed to attend Mold Crown Court for sentencing next month.

John Wylde, prosecuting, said the prosecution was the result of intelligence that now existed between law enforcements authorities internationally.

His IP address was identified as one which was downloading indecent child images and a warrant was executed at his home address in November.

He immediately told officers there would be items on his laptop and showed the officers where the computer was.

Interviewed, he told how he and his partner separated in 2012.

Subsequently his partner died and he had care of their child, who lived with him and his parents.

He described himself as becoming depressed and rarely left the house other than collecting his child from school.

When his child was in school he had nothing to do and started to look at pornography.

He began to look to indecent images of children and admitted that he had spoken to others on chat rooms and had distributed two category C images.

Patterson said he had placed images on a memory stick and then deleted them off his computer.

Craig Hutchinson, defending, said his client was a man of no previous convictions who had co-operated fully when the police attended.

Mr Hutchinson said there was plenty of mitigation in his client’s case but he accepted that would be best saved for the crown court when he came to be sentenced.

Magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report.