November 2017

Pervert downloaded ‘sickening’ indecent images – including some of infants as young as two

A pervert who downloaded “sickening” indecent images of children as young as two was threatened with a prison sentence in a bid to frighten him into dealing with his “abhorrent problem”.

Daniel Lewins was caught with pictures and movie clips of some of the most serious types of child abuse images – some featuring infants.

A court heard he had systematically searched the internet and saved some of the material onto a memory card. He also admitted having used the Dark Web although none of the images recovered were from there.

Now the 20-year-old has been given a community order with various requirements aimed at tackling his sexual interest in children.

Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court, a judge initially led him to believe he was getting locked up.

Judge Tim Gittins said: “12 months imprisonment.”

After a pause, he added: “You remember the feeling inside your stomach when I said that and don’t you forget it.

“Don’t you think about looking at these sort of images again.

“You remember the feeling you felt when the police came knocking on your door that day and how you felt when I said 12 months.

“Ordinarily, that’s the sentence people like you get for looking at these sort of images. Because what you had was a moderately large amount of category A images.

“Not only that, they were the most sickening images of children as young as infants and clearly prepubescent and that causes me very real concern.

“You need to recognise and realise that this is an abhorrent problem you have that you need help with.”

The court heard police received information from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command, which is run by the National Crime Agency.

They executed a search warrant at Lewins’ home in June 2016 and he was arrested.

A computer was found to have search terms consistent with him trawling the internet looking for indecent images and some had been downloaded onto a memory card.

There were 252 of the most serious, category A, images, moving and stills, 141 category B, moving and stills and 34 category C.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling said: “A significant factor in this case is the images found were of young children.

“Some of the children were two to six years old, so infants in some cases, boys and girls.

“There has been systematic searching for very young children.”

Lewins, of Renforth Street, Dunston, Gateshead, pleaded to three offences of possessing indecent images of children.

He was given a three year community order with supervision, must attend a sex offender treatment programme, was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for seven years and has to sign the sex offenders register for five years.