May 2017

Bedford man found with 6,000 indecent images of children had been sharing them on Tumblr

A 56-year-old man from Bedford who had more than 6,000 indecent images of children on several devices has been jailed for two years.

Andrew Stryczko, 56, of Bower Street, was also sharing the illegal images on micro-blogging site Tumblr and had discussed horrific child abuse with more than 100 people.

Around 1,000 of the images found on his devices were in the most severe category.

Bedfordshire Police carried out a warrant at Stryczko’s homeaddress after receiving information from the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre (CEOP).

A number of devices were seized during the search and were found to contain thousands of illegal images of children on them, including hundreds of an extreme pornographic nature.

Yesterday (Wednesday), he appeared at Luton Crown Court and pleaded guilty to a number of offences.

Stryczko pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children, making indecent images of children, distribution of indecent images of children, possession of extreme pornographic images, possession of prohibited images of children and intentionally encourage/assist the commission of an either way offence, namely distributing indecent images of children, intending to encourage or assist in its commission.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years, and has a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.