September 2017

Pervert had more than 1,200 images of child sex abuse on mobile phone

A pervert caught with more than 1,200 images of child sexual abuse on his phone has avoided jail.

Michael Pounder, 26, triggered a police investigation when he uploaded a handful of pictures to Twitter on January 18.

After discovering that the images had been sent from Pounder’s e-mail, officers executed a warrant at his home on Kirkley Avenue in Wyke, Bradford.

When his mobile phone was analysed, officers found 155 pictures of child pornography classified as category A, 409 in category B, and 713 in category C.

The device also contained 477 prohibited images and 21 pictures classed as “extreme” pornography.

Prior to yesterday’s sentencing hearing at Bradford Crown Court, Pounder had pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children, one count of possessing indecent photographs of children, and an offence of possessing an extreme pornographic image which portrayed a person performing an act of intercourse with a live or dead unknown animal and which was grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character. The offences took place between September 1 last year and January 18.

When interviewed by police in January, Pounder admitted re-tweeting some images but told officers his phone did not contain any indecent pictures of children.

In a second interview in July, he accepted the images had been found but said he had “no sexual interest in children or animals” and had looked at the material out of “curiosity.”

Judge David Hatton QC said Pounder’s offending passed the custody threshold, but said it was “not in the public interest to lock him up immediately.”

Pounder was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work. He was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and must register as a sex offender for the next ten years.