July 2017

Pervert admits downloading hundreds of images and films of child abuse

A Street man who downloaded hundreds of pornographic images and movies of children and then shared photographs with a random user on an online messaging site has been sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

Daniel Richards was said to have clearly indicated a sexual interest in very young children, and some of the movies involved penetrative sexual activity with children as young as two years.

When he appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil they heard about the offences which were committed over a six year period at the defendant’s home and ordered him to sign on the national Sex Offenders Register.

Richards, 31, of Fielding Road, pleaded guilty that between September 18, 2010 and December 7 2016 at Street he made 281 indecent images and 28 indecent videos of a child in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two similar charges involving 653 indecent images and seven indecent videos of a child in Category B and 855 indecent images and one indecent video of a child between the same dates.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing an indecent photograph of a child in Category C at Street on December 6, 2016.

Emma Lenanton, prosecuting, said that Richards was found in possession of all the different categories of images, but more importantly, had also admitted a distribution charge.

“This involved the defendant talking to another user on a KIK messaging site and the distribution of Category C images between them,” she said.

“These messages also clearly indicated a sexual interest in children aged two and three by both parties.

“Some of the movies the defendant downloaded also involved the penetrative sex of children as young as two years old.”

The magistrates said the case was so serious that the defendant must be sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

They ordered him to appear at Taunton to be sentenced on August 4 and requested a pre sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service. They also ordered him to sign onto the Sex Offenders Register within three days of the court hearing.

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