June 2017

Pervert blames his downloading of child abuse images on drink

A pervert put his downloading of child abuse images from the internet down to drink.

Thomas Iley, 48, was caught with 115 child abuse images on a computer tower and USB device at his Middlesbrough home.

The illegal pictures depicted girls aged 10 to 12 and included 37 films at the most severe category in law, Teesside Crown Court heard.

They were downloaded over a three-year period before the search on August 31 last year, said prosecutor Emma Atkinson yesterday.

Iley, of Farndale Court, Middlesbrough, confessed to police in interview and admitted three counts of making indecent images of children – his first conviction.

Iley worked for Royal Mail for 25 years but felt he could not return to his job following his arrest.

Judge Peter Armstrong told Iley: “You made no attempt to hide your offending. There’s no evidence of any distribution. If there had been, it might have been you would have had to go to prison immediately.

“The numbers (of images) involved are not substantial.

“The courts are aware of numerous cases where the downloading of images runs into hundreds, if not thousands, sometimes tens of thousands. Putting this in context, the figures are not high.

“Because of your personal circumstances it is possible to suspend the sentence.”

Iley was given an eight-month jail term suspended for two years with 30 days’ rehabilitation activity including one-to-one assistance for sex offenders.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order governing his internet, computer and storage device use, and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both for 10 years.

He was ordered to pay £300 costs.

June 2017

Grove Hill man must wait to learn fate after being caught with child abuse images

A man is waiting to learn his fate after he admitted having 115 child abuse images.

Thomas Iley, 49, pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of children between August 2013 and August 2016.

The illegal pictures included 43 images at the most serious level in law, Teesside Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Iley, of Farndale Court, Grove Hill , Middlesbrough, had no previous convictions.

He was bailed until the next hearing on June 27 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough , told him: “You’ve had the good sense to plead guilty to this indictment.

“In the fullness of time you’ll be given appropriate credit for that.”