June 2017

Peterborough man avoids being sent to prison after downloading thousands of indecent images of children

A Peterborough man who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children has avoided being sent to prison after taking action to make sure he does not re-offend.

Reginald Sweeting-Jones (55) of West Lake, Hampton, was given an 18 month jail sentence, suspended for two years at a hearing at Cambridge Crown Court this afternoon (Friday).

The court heard police executed a warrant at Sweeting-Jones’ address in September last year.

Michael Proctor, prosecuting, said: “Sweeting-Jones was living in a house of multiple occupancy, and police seized a number of devices from all the people living at the address after receiving intelligence indecent images were being downloaded.

 “The following day Sweeting-Jones phoned officers asking to speak to officers. He attended the station, and informed police they did not need to look further, and said images were on his laptop.”

At a formal interview in December, he made full admissions, and said he had been downloading the images for 18 months.

In total police found more than 13,000 indecent images of children, with 670 still images and 48 movies graded at category A – the most serious category.

The children were aged between three and 12. Officers also found extreme images on the laptop.

Sweeting-Jones had pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images and one count of possessing extreme pornographic images at a previous hearing at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

Along with the suspended sentence, Sweeting-Jones was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, take part in a rehabilitation activity requirement, and pay £245 costs.

A sexual harm prevention order, banning him from unsupervised contact with children and banning him from deleting internet history on devices, was also imposed for a period of five years. He will sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.