May 2017

Paedophile who ‘collected’ 360,000 indecent images of children is jailed

A paedophile who “collected” more than 360,000 indecent images of children was downloading files when police raided his home to arrest him.

Adrian Brown was not at his address in South Street, Wareham when officers executed a warrant following an investigation into file-sharing networks.

Detectives searching the property found a computer which had been covered with a piece of cardboard.

When they pulled the cardboard away, they discovered the defendant had started downloading more graphic images of children before leaving his address.

While the majority of the files – some 361,589 images and 423 videos – were in category C, the defendant also had 26 images and 140 videos in category A. One video of abuse owned by Brown was an hour and a half long.

Sadie Rizzo, prosecuting at Bournemouth Crown Court, said Brown said young girls were “gorgeous” during police interview.

Judge Johnson said the defendant had downloaded a “remarkable number of indecent images of children”.

“There was something in excess of a third of a million,” he told Brown.

“It is said you were obsessed with collecting, although you accept that was not your primary motivation.

“Your primary motivation was to view images of young children performing sexual acts or while naked.”

Brown, who has no previous convictions, admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison and a 12-month supervision order after he is released from custody.

He will also be subject to a notification requirement and a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.