June 2017

Ex-chef had 15,000 child abuse images on his home-built computer

A former chef has been sent on a sex offenders course after he was found with more than 15,000 child abuse images.

Mathew Kingston downloaded the material from the internet onto his home built computer at a time when he was not working and was socially isolated.

Almost all of the images were at the lowest category but there was also a three hour movie showing a 14-year-old having sex with an adult.

There was also a second movie showing partially clad girls aged ten to 12 behaving in sexually inappropriate ways and an image showing an adult woman having sex with a dog.

Kingston, aged 34, of West End Terrace, South Molton, admitted three counts of making indecent images and one of possessing an extreme image when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

He was ordered to attend the probation service’s Horizon sex offenders programme and undertake ten rehabilitation activity days by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

He also ordered Kingston to sign on the sex offenders’ register for five years and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will allow the police to monitor his online activity for the same period.

He told him:”It is a serious offence to download material which involves the exploitation of children. You would be at risk of going to prison toady but for your good character. If anything like this happens again, you will go to prison.”

Mr William Hunter, prosecuting, said police raided Kingston’s home on November 28 last year and seized his home built tower computer.

They found one category A and one category B movies and 15,250 category C images. All but 24 of these had been deleted, as had the movies.

The images were predominantly of girls aged 12 to 14, although Kingston told police he thought they were aged 14 to 15.