January 2018

Corby paedophile who downloaded child abuse images jailed

A former teacher from Corby who downloaded indecent images of children as young as four has been jailed.

Steven Newlands, 29, appeared before Northampton Crown Court on Friday (January 19) after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images.

An earlier court hearing heard how the National Crime Agency began investigating a chat room account called “scallylvr1”, used by Newlands, in November 2015.

Newlands, who lived in Liverpool having stopped being a teacher six months prior, asked the chat room if there were “any active peds [paedophiles]”.

A search warrant was later executed at his house in Corby when he moved to the town, where a laptop and two phones were seized.

Those devices were found to contain 15 category A images, 35 category B images and 142 category C images, category A being the most vile.

Some images involved children as young as four-years-old.

Newlands, of Rowlett Road, denied possessing any images when questioned and said he was in fact interested in paedophiles themselves.

After leaving his job in Liverpool he gained employment at a school in Wellingborough.

Sentencing, Her Honour Judge Lucking said Newlands’ actions were a “serious breach of trust”.

She said: “But the most serious issue is that you were employed as a teacher and entrusted with the care of children. “These offences are so serious that nothing other than an immediate custodial sentence will do.”

Newlands was jailed for 16 months. He was also made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and made to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

January 2018

Corby man caught with indecent images of children as young as four

A Corby man will learn his fate later this month after being caught with nearly 200 images of child abuse.

Steven Newlands, 29, of Rowlett Road, appeared before Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images.

The court heard how the National Crime Agency began investigating a chat room account called “scallylvr1”, used by Newlands, in November 2015.

Newlands, who lived in Liverpool having stopped being a teacher six months prior, asked the chat room if there were “any active peds [paedophiles]”.

A search warrant was later executed at his house in Corby when he moved to the town, where a laptop and two phones were seized.

Those devices were found to contain 15 category A images, 35 category B images and 142 category C images, category A being the most vile.

Some images involved children as young as four-years-old. Prosecuting, Abigail Hill said: “The defendant was actively searching a variety of mediums for the material. “He expressed interest in children as young as 0+.”

Newlands denied possessing any images when questioned and said he was in fact interested in paedophiles themselves.

Mrs Hill added: “He said it was not the children he was interested in, but the men who were interested in those videos.” 

The court was also told that Newlands gained employment at an unnamed school in Wellingborough, although he was not working there when he downloaded the images.

Newlands was due to be sentenced by Her Honour Judge Lucking on Friday, but the case was put back because facts over his retention of the material while he was working there were not clear.

Newlands was granted bail to next appear at Northampton Crown Court on January 19.