December 2018

Man who distributed indecent images of children jailed for two years

Keith Skillen, 56, of Broom Bank, Whitehaven, received the sentence at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting a number of charges.

His crimes came to light following an investigation by Cumbria Police’s digital media investigation unit.

Skillen was arrested at home on October 31 last year, with detectives seizing his mobile phone and laptop computer.

The inquiry revealed the presence of indecent images of children on his devices – dated between June 2015 and October 2017, just three days before his arrest.

Skillen admitted:

· Three counts of making indecent images.

· One count of possessing indecent images.

· Three charges of distributing indecent images.

He received the total sentence of 24 months.

Skillen was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must stay on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

November 2018

Whitehaven man warned he could be jailed for sharing indecent child images

A man who distributed child abuse images was warned he could be sent to prison for the crime.

Keith Edward Skillen, 56, admitted three offences during a short hearing at Carlisle Crown Court 

These were the distribution of two indecent photographs of children classed in category A – the most serious; three category B images; and five category C photographs. This offending is said to have taken place between October 17 and 28 last year.

During a previous court hearing, Skillen had pleaded guilty to making three category A, two category B and 16 category C indecent photographs of children.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case this morning for an updated GP’s doctor report to be provided, after hearing from a defence lawyer how Skillen had “significant issues following on from a brain aneurysm some years ago”.

Skillen, of Broom Bank, Whitehaven, was granted bail and is due to be punished for all six offences at the crown court on December 14.

“Please don’t think I have made up my mind about what the sentence will be,” Judge Adkin told him. “People who distribute images of child abuse almost invariably get sent to prison.”