August 2018

Pervert had sick haul of 10,000 indecent pictures of children

A pervert has been caught with 10,000 indecent images of children

When officers searched the home of John Scillitoe, 48, they found him to be in possession of hundreds of obscene pictures of children and an image depicting a sex act with an animal.

He viewed around 10,000 of the sick images over a period of three years, including 3,057 of the most serious category A.

Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, Scillitoe admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image and three counts of possessing indecent photographs of children.

Members of his family watched on from the public gallery.

Between January 2014 and July 2017, when officers with Essex Police carried out their search, Scillitoe viewed 10,662 images, including 2,633 of category B and 4,972 of category C.

Hannah Sutton, representing Scillitoe, said her client had been open and honest with investigating officers from the start.

Judge Christopher Morgan agreed to delay sentencing, but warned Scillitoe, of Bijou Close, Tiptree, the case is so serious a prison sentence could well be handed down.

He said: “I will order a full pre-sentence report.

“You must understand the custody threshold has been passed in this case.

“All options will be explored in that report and the appropriate sentence will be a matter for the judge.

“You will have bail from now until then on the same terms as before.

“The sentencing will commence on September 10.”

He added: “If you fail to attend without good reason, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

“There will be a full application for a sexual harm prevention order.”

Scillitoe will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.