June 2018

Registered sex offender from Pontefract found with 30,000 indecent images

A registered sex offender has been jailed after being found in possession of tens of thousands of indecent images.

David Atha, 42, from Pontefract was sentenced to four years and two months in custody at Leeds Crown Court today, June 22, after being found in possession of more than 30,000 indecent images of children.

Atha pleaded guilty to indecent image offences, and being in breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order at an earlier magistrates’ court hearing.

The 42-year-old was arrested following a search of his Pontefract home on May 31 by officers from the Wakefield Police Abusive Images Unit

Images found on electronic devices at his home included those of the most serious Category A type. He was charged within 24 hours and then remanded in custody to go through the court process.