October 2017

More than 700 indecent images of children found on man’s laptop

A man has been handed a suspended jail sentence after police found more than 700 indecent images of children – some aged under six – on his laptop.

He was in possession of images including an photograph of a child “bound by tape” and subjected to abuse, a court heard.

Steven Moss, 42, admitted being in possession of a total of 722 indecent images of children.

Moss, a worker at a food company in Hull, had on his laptop 150 category A indecent images of children, which involved sexual acts with young children.

Grimsby Crown Court was told how police also found 135 category B and 438 category C indecent images of children on the laptop when officers raided Moss’ home in Barrow Road, Barton-upon-Humber, on October 14 last year.

Robert Sandford, prosecuting, said police analysis revealed that Moss had “deliberately” searched on websites for the images between March and June 2016.

Police identified one of the images as including a child aged under six, but made no attempt to identify the ages of children featured in the other 721.

Judge Simon Jack told Moss how the category A images are the “most serious” type of indecent images.

“The reason the courts take such a serious view is because people like you encourage the people who make these images.”

Steven Moss was handed a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years for possessing the category A images, and two three month prison sentence suspended for two years for possessing the category B and category C images, to be served concurrently.

Moss has also been ordered to sign up to the sex offenders register for ten years, attend 20 days of rehabilitation activities and pay costs of £500.