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