June 2017

Man sentenced for making 952 indecent images of children

A MAN has been imprisoned for making and distributing indecent images of children.

Richard Payne, 45, a trainee teacher, of Sycamore Drive, Burgess Hill, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, May 25 having previously pleaded guilty to six offences relating to indecent images of children.

They were three offences of making a total of 952 indecent images and three offences of distributing images.

A reported 241 images were of Category A, the most serious category, 109 were Category B and 602 were Category C.

He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.

He was also served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to children and computers, and he will be a on the sex offenders register for life.

A Forfeiture and Destruction Order was made for his three computers.

Payne was arrested at his home address on Wednesday, April 26 following an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT).