September 2017

No jail term for Yeovil man who kept indecent images of kids on iPhones

A Yeovil man who was arrested by police after being caught posting indecent images of children onto an internet chatroom has been given a three month suspended prison sentence.

Michael John Abbey uploaded the images of children in naked poses onto the Canadian website Chatstep which were automatically reported to US agencies and traced back to the UK.

When police seized two iPhones from the defendant’s address they discovered a total of 10 indecent photographs and that he had been making online searches under various headings.

Abbey, 25, of St Johns Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, namely a Category C image, by uploading it to a website called “Chatstep” on December 4, 2016 and March 9 this year at his home address.

He also admitted that on August 6, 2016 at Yeovil he made two indecent photographs of a child.

He further admitted another similar offence committed between October 31, 2010 and June 2, 2017 at Yeovil to making eight indecent photographs of children.

When he appeared before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil they imposed three months custody, suspended for two years, and ordered him to comply with a 42 day Internet Sex Offenders Programme (ISOP) and a 10 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement with the Probation Service.

They also made him subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Oder for five years during which time he is prohibited from using any device capable of accessing the internet unless it can retain the browsing history, or deleting his internet history. He must also make those devices available for inspection on request by a police officer or offender manager.

They also ordered Abbey to sign onto the Sex Offenders Register for the next seven years, ordered the destruction of the two iPhones and imposed costs of £85 and a £115 victim surcharge.

The charges arose from information provided by Chatstep, a Canadian based website, to US authorities, who then passed it onto UK investigators.

Prosecutor Emma Lenanton said: “The defendant was using the web-based instant messaging site that has an in-built facility to notify an agency in America if any indecent images of children are shared.

“It was through the two distribution charges that subscriber checks led the police to Abbey, and when they attended his address a search was conducted of the premises.

“They discovered two Apple iPhones which were seized and it was those devices that contained the images.”

September 2017

Yeovil man who posted images of naked children on Canadian chatroom could face jail

A Yeovil man who was arrested by police after being caught posting indecent images of children onto an internet chatroom could face a spell in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Michael John Abbey uploaded the images of children in naked poses onto the Canadian website Chatstep, which were automatically reported to US agencies and traced back to the UK.

When police seized two iPhones from the defendant’s address, they discovered a total of ten indecent photographs and discovered he had been making online searches under various headings, including “jailbait pre-teen.”

When he appeared in the dock before District Judge David Taylor at Yeovil, his solicitor said the defendant had confessed immediately to what he had done and said he was now seeking help to address his issues.

Abbey, 25, of St John’s Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, namely a Category C image, by uploading it to a website called Chatstep on December 4, 2016 and March 9 this year at his home address.

He also admitted that, on August 6, 2016 at Yeovil, he made two indecent photographs of a child.

He further admitted another similar offence committed between October 31, 2010 and June 2, 2017 at Yeovil to making eight indecent photographs of children.

Prosecutor Stuart Sampson told the court that all the offences were being brought under the Protection of Children Act

He said the charges arose from information provided by Chatstep, a Canada-based website, to US authorities, who then passed it onto UK investigators.

“They identified Abbey as being the person who created them after he had been on the instant messaging site which hosts public chatrooms, not specifically sex chat rooms,” he said.

“The images were automatically reported to the relevant authorities after a username, later traced to the defendant, uploaded an individual image of a child to one of these chatrooms.

“Abbey was identified and a warrant was executed at his home address in Yeovil where two iPhones were found.

“The devices were examined and 10 photographs were identified on them, all in Category C and key words were found in the browsing dictionary including ‘jailbait pre-teen’.

Mr Sampson said that reference was also made to another chatroom, and when interviewed at length by police Abbey made admissions saying he had tried to seek help.

He added that the defendant said he had problems that needed to be addressed, and said the prosecution would be seeking the imposition of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to monitor his online behaviour in the future.

District Judge Taylor adjourned the case until October 5 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service, saying that all options should be considered, including custody.

Until then he released Abbey on unconditional bail; however he ordered him to sign onto the Sex Offenders Register within three days of the hearing.

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