February 2018

Southend man who downloaded thousands of child sex abuse images avoids jail

A MAN who admitted downloading nearly 5,000 images of children has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

David Briggs, 35, was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, was given a three-year community order and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Basildon Crown Court heard how officers, acting on intelligence, executed  a warrant at the home of Briggs in Victoria Avenue, Southend on April 15 last year.

They seized various equipment, including an iPad, a laptop, a USB stick and a DVD.

The equipment was forensically examined and found to contain:

  • 199 Category A moving images and stills (Category A is the most serious level of abuse imagery)

    186 Category B moving images and stills

    4,172 Category C images

    16 Prohibited images

    133 Extreme images

Briggs was charged with three counts of making indecent images of children, possessing prohibited images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

He admitted the charges when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court where the court also ordered Briggs to carry out a 60 rehabilitation programme, ordered him to pay £250 costs and ordered the forfeiture and destruction of his computer equipment.