May 2018

Man, 51, admits having indecent images of children – including some at most serious level

A 51-year-old man is waiting to learn his fate after he admitted having indecent images of children over a three-year period.

Neil Atkinson pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children between February 2014 and July last year.

He had a total of 152 of the illegal pictures including 13 at the most serious level.

He admitted the crimes on a written basis which will be considered by the prosecution.

Judge Peter Armstrong told Atkinson, of Churchill Drive, Marske: “At the moment you’ve entered your guilty pleas at the first opportunity. That will attract maximum credit.”

Atkinson was bailed until possible sentence on June 8.

The judge told him: “I have to warn you that the renewal of your bail at this stage after your guilty pleas mustn’t be taken by you as an indication of the type of sentence that will be passed.

“I don’t know what the sentence will be. I simply say that all options will be open to the court that deals with you.”

Atkinson will be on the sex offenders’ register as a result of his conviction.

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