IT worker spared jail after more than 40,000 indecent images of children found on his computer
A Staines IT worker has been spared jail after more than 40,000 indecent images of children were found on his computer.
The material was discovered by police when Oleg Isakov, 48, entered the wrong log-in details while trying to delete the images, prosecutor John Greenan told Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday (July 5).
Describing the police visit of September 1, 2016, he said: “A search warrant was granted based on evidence of peer to peer software using key words.
“The door was answered by his wife. They explained why they were there.
“She went upstairs, then came back down without him. The police went upstairs to find him with his laptop on with it open.
“The officer immediately took hold of the laptop as he was attempting to log on to a remote hard drive.
“Police found numerous files had been accessed over a few months that had names relating to child abuse material.
“But for the file name being entered wrongly, the files would have been deleted.”
Some 104 Category A images, 276 Category B images and 40,403 Category C images were found.
In total, 88 of the most serious Category A files were moving images.
The Siemens worker, of Northfield Road, admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children and was handed a 15 month sentence suspended for 18 months.
Judge Andrew Campbell told him: “I have seen a synopsis of what those images contained.
“You have to appreciate that those are real children and this does them immense and lifelong harm.
“With a great deal of hesitation I conclude that I can suspend the sentence for a period of 18 months.”
Isakov denied perverting the course of justice and the prosecution dropped the charge.
He was also made the subject of a rehabilitation requirement and ordered to pay £535 in costs.