February 2018

Teen downloaded nearly 4.5k indecent images of children and extreme pornography from the Dark Web

A computer whizz kid teenager was just 15 when he accessed the notorious “dark web” to view sickening images of child sexual abuse images

Corey Ewels used a “computer within a computer” as a sinister “trapdoor” to find the horrifying material, a court heard.

Ewels, of Abbey Road, Grimsby, was now aged 18 but he was still one of the youngest people to appear in court for viewing the sick images.

He admitted six offences of making or possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that the police searched the teenager’s home on January 20, 2015 but it was not until a year later that his computer equipment was analysed.

The child images found was linked to the “dark web” which did not show up on normal internet searches.

“It’s the use of the dark web to uncover this material,” said Mr Evans.

“It’s a trapdoor to be accessed to find out what is contained.”

There were “hidden layers” that were inside a “computer within a computer”.

Expert analysis was needed by police from a national technical assistance centre.

A total of 4,406 images were recovered, including 911 in the most serious category, as well as 242 prohibited images and 111 of extreme pornography.

Judge Graham Robinson told the teenager: “You are a very different person from the one who was at home when the police came knocking at the door.”

He said he was “just a child” at the time and that if the matter had been dealt with then and not three years later, the case would have been dealt with at the youth court, where he would have got a referral order and the matter would never have been brought before a Crown Court.

He added that the offences were not victimless because viewing the images encouraged more to be made.

“A check is kept on the number of people who look at these images,” said Judge Robinson.

“When the providers of these images see that they are popular, they go and make some more.

“It’s children further down the line who suffer. If nobody looked at what was already out there, there would be no point making any more of them.”

Ewels was given a two-year supervision order. His computer equipment will be confiscated.

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