August 2018

Man who pretended to be a child on chat rooms jailed for downloading ‘vile’ images

A 68-year-old married man has been jailed after he downloaded images of babies and toddlers being abused over a five year period.

Thomas Callow has been jailed after indecent images were found on his laptop and showed shocking abuse of children

He was arrested after police carried out a search of his home in South Kyme in July last year.

In that raid, two laptops were seized and officers discovered 225 indecent images of children including 113 which were classified in the most serious category.

Images of children as young as three months old being abused by adult men were among the material found.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was interviewed and made frank admissions. He accepted he had gone onto chatrooms and people had sent him images. He said he knew it was wrong.

“He would pretend to be somebody else on chatrooms. He would pretend to be a child and would talk about sex to people he assumed were adults. He said he had never hurt a child.”

Callow of Clay Bank in South Kyme admitted six charges of making indecent images of children between 2012 and 2017 and a further charge of possession of extreme pornography.

He was jailed for eight months and given an immediate sexual harm prevention order.

Judge John Pini QC said: “It must have been immediately obvious to you that looking at images of this type was vile and wrong.

“Every image you looked at shows a real, living child somewhere in the world being horrifically abused.