May 2017

Suffolk man who had more than 230,000 indecent child images is spared jail

A 48-year-old man has been given a suspended jail sentence after being caught with more than 230,000 indecent or prohibited images of children.

The huge number of photographs and movies found on devices owned by Howard Jones, of The Sounds, Dalham, near Newmarket took police more than three months to trawl through.

Officers had to look through 40 terabytes – 40 trillion bytes – of data during the investigation, which the investigating officer said was the largest inquiry of its type they had been involved with.

Police found a total of 238,441 illegal pictures and movies involving child, prohibited, and extreme pornography on 12 devices belonging to Jones.

He was only spared prison at his Ipswich Crown Court sentencing due to his mental health issues.

He had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of children.

Jones also admitted being in possession of prohibited images and possession of extreme pornography.

A total of 18,383 of the indecent still images of children and 790 movies were graded at Level A – the most serious grading of such images.

At Level B there were 13,895 photographs and 224 movies, while there were 189,891 still images and 286 movies graded at Level C – the least serious category.

In addition there were 9,722 photos and 78 movies in the prohibited images offence, and 4,935 photos and 147 movies in the extreme pornography charge.

Police executed a search warrant at Jones’ home on November 8 last year and arrested him.

He was originally detained on suspicion of making, taking, possession and distributing images of children, but was subsequently charged only with the offences he pleaded guilty to.

Jones was sentenced to a 24-month prison term, suspended for two years, with a 60-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Jones was also made subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

He must also abide by the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act which includes signing the sex offences’ register. This is also for a period of 10 years.

Jones must also pay £425 towards the costs of bringing his case.