May 2017

Pervert, 53, jailed after being caught with 6,691 child abuse images

Pervert John McConnell has been sent to prison after being caught with thousands of child abuse images.

Police arrested the 53-year-old ‘porn addict’ after seizing a computer from his Brown Lees home.

Officers discovered 6,691 indecent images and movies of children which had been downloaded over a four years.

Now the defendant, of Lyndhurst Drive, has been jailed for 10 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

David Bennett, prosecuting, said a search of McConnell’s home was carried out on September 15 last year.

He added: “Police found 1,630 category A – the most serious – still and moving images; 521 still and moving category B images and 4,540 category C still and moving images involving children and infants.

“There was also relevant search history found for indecent images of children.

“The defendant was interviewed and he accepted viewing babies up to 16 years of age. However he denied distributing them.”

The court heard the images had been downloaded between August 2012 and September 2016.

The defendant – who had no previous convictions – went on to plead guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children.

Sentencing McConnell, Judge Paul Glenn, said: “You’re 53-years-old with previous good character.

“There is a large amount of category A material, and you have been accessing this material for years. Some are very young indeed, some are babies and toddlers.

“You describe yourself as an avid downloader of porn but you claim to have no sexual interest in children – I don’t accept that.

“You organised your collection into folders and I don’t share the view that you are of no risk to children.

“What you don’t seem to appreciate is that these are real children being abused for the entertainment of people like you.”

McConnell was also made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order barring him from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.