The NSPCC has spoken out after Christopher Foster, who is also known by his aliases of Christopher Cliffe and Cliff, was jailed for three years after collecting thousands of sick images over an eight-month period.
The children’s charity said Foster, of Ashley Court, has fuelled demand for this sickening material. It is now calling on the Government and police to launch a crackdown on what it said was a growing problem.
This latest case is just one of a series in which Foster was found with indecent images. In April this year, he was handed a suspended jail sentence after more than 400 disgusting pictures were found on his computer.
At that point he was already the subject of a sexual harm prevention order after several convictions for making indecent images of children.
In the latest case his suspended jail sentence was revoked and he was sent to prison for 32 months when he appeared at Stafford Crown Court to answer the charges.
He admitted that between October 1, 2016, and June 17, 2017, he made 260 indecent photographs of a child of the Category A kind , which are deemed the most serious.
He also admitted making 294 indecent photographs of a child of Category B, and 2,842 indecent photographs of a child of Category C during the same period.
He also admitted breaching his suspended sentence and breaching his sexual harm order by failing to produce to a police officer a device capable of storing digital images which he was prohibited from possessing.
All the offences happened in Burton, the court was told.
He was jailed for 12 months for each charge of making indecent images to be served concurrently. He was also given 12 months for breaching his sexual harm prevention order, which will be be served consecutively, and eight months in jail for breaching his suspended sentence, to also be served consecutively.
Foster also remains the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and is on the sex offenders’ register for life. He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
Stoke-on-Trent pervert downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children
Pervert Christopher Cliffe downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children.
The 32-year-old has several previous convictions for making indecent images of children and was the subject of a sexual harm prevention order. But when police turned up at his home, they found 477 indecent images of children on his computer.
Now Cliffe has been handed a suspended jail sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Paul Spratt said police turned up at the defendant’s address unannounced on April 11.
He added: “They made inquiries as to whether he had been undertaking any activity in relation to young people. He made certain admissions.
“He said he still had thoughts about boys and he still sought sexual gratification about those thoughts. A check on his computer revealed he had made searches for young people of a sexual nature.
“Police recovered a thumb drive, a laptop and a memory card. They were examined and images were found.”
The devices contained 89 indecent images at category A – the most serious; 128 at category B; and 260 at category C.
Cliffe, formerly of Stoke-on-Trent who now lives in Ashley Close, Burton, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children. His pleas were on a basis he owned the computer from March 7, 2016.
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Cliffe to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered him to pay £200 costs.
He told him: “You have a worrying history. You were on bail when police visited your home in April last year.
“You had a number of indecent images of children. You were frank enough to accept a sexual interest in young boys.
“Your response since your release from prison in September has been pretty much exemplary. You are really trying hard to take genuine steps to try and change.
“I hope you can sort yourself out.”Cliffe remains the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and is also on the sex offenders’ register.