November 2018

Pervert dad-of-seven searched for ‘pre teen hardcore’ and ‘paedo’ to download thousands of child abuse images over SEVEN years

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Pervert Andrew Sidaway downloaded thousands of sickening child abuse images over seven years.

The 53-year-old dad-of-seven searched shocking terms such as ‘pre teen hardcore’ and ‘paedo’.

Among the pictures he accessed included toddlers as young as two or three being raped.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Sidaway was arrested after police executed a warrant at his Blurton home and seized a computer tower, a USB digital storage device, an iPhone and an iPad.

The equipment was analysed and contained a total of 1,629 indecent images at category A – the most serious –; 619 category B images; 1,379 category C images and 23 extreme pornographic images.

Now Sidaway has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 40 days.

Prosecutor David Bennett said police attended the defendant’s home in Ilford Side, Blurton, at 1.10pm on March 23.

Mr Bennett said: “The defendant was arrested and a search was carried out at the address. Police recovered a computer tower, a USB digital storage device, an iPhone and an iPad, which were examined.”

Images were found on all four devices.

Mr Bennett added: “Some of the images involved very young children, aged two to three, being raped. Some images involved babies as young as 12 months old.

“There was evidence the defendant had been seeking indecent images of children on the internet. He used search terms such as ‘pre teen hard core’ and ‘paedo’.”

Sidaway, of Ilford Side, Blurton, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children between October 1, 2010 and March 23, 2018 and possession of extreme pornographic images.

Recorder Baz Bhatia made Sidaway the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

The judge told Sidaway: “The courts take a very serious view of these offences. You were adding to the industry which exploits very vulnerable and young children in the worst possible way.”