April 2018

Man jailed after he was caught with 201 images of child abuse

A pervert who downloaded images of children as young as seven being abused has ended up in jail.

James Featonby, 46, had his computer tower seized when police searched his home on Colville Street, Gresham, Middlesbrough on August 21 last year.

He said nothing on his arrest until he reached the police station and said: “I’ve downloaded stuff I shouldn’t have.”

He accepted he had sole use of the computer, on which 201 indecent images of children were found including 32 at the most serious level, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He confessed he downloaded the pictures, showing children aged seven to 12 and including videos as long as 28 minutes, from the internet, said prosecutor David Crook.

There were a large number of victims depicted in the images, Mr Crook told the court.

Featonby admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children 

Judge Sean Morris told Featonby: “It would appear that you deliberately sought out images of very, very young children being abused.

“You sought these out. That was your preference, and it has consequences.”

Passing a prison sentence, he said: “The only issue is, can it be suspended? I’m of the view that it cannot and therefore the sentence is eight months on all counts.”

As well as the eight-month prison sentence, Featonby was given a five-year sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

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