April 2018

Online gamer: ‘I need help’ after vile images of children found on laptop

A gamer has admitted he needs help after police raided his home and searched his computer to find shocking videos – including one of a three-year-old child.

Nathan Maynard, 30, was visited by police at his home in Hornsea in November 2016 after officers received a tip-off that his computer had indecent images of children on it.

Stephen Welch, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court: “The defendant indicated he had been looking at unusual websites but denied the offence at that stage.

“Police seized a tower computer and a hard drive but Mr Maynard was not arrested at that stage.”

Forensic officers analysed Maynard’s devices and found disturbing images and videos. These included 24 category A videos – the most serious type of indecent images which involves penetrative sexual activity.

There were also five category B videos, 246 category C images and one alarming video showing animal pornography.

One of the videos, which was 60 minutes in length, showed a three-year-old child being sexually abused by an adult.

Maynard was interviewed by police and admitted the content was his and that he had become “sexually aroused” by them.

Mr Welch said: “Mr Maynard said he accepted liking children around 14 years but accepted young children were on the images and videos.

“He accepted some were of children being raped but said he would not carry out sexual abuse himself.”

Maynard pleaded guilty to three counts of making incident images of children and one count of extreme pornography

Maynard was handed an 18-month sentence suspended for two years.

He will be on the sex offenders register for the next ten years and is subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.

Maynard, of Rolston Road, Hornsea, has also been signed up to a sex offender treatment programme. Police returned the seized equipment to Maynard without deleting any of the content.