November 2018

Teenage pervert had hundreds of ‘disturbing’ images of child abuse

Teenage paedophile Thomas Walker had hundreds of child abuse images – which a judge described as some of the worst he had seen.

Walker, now aged 18, was just days from celebrating his birthday last year when Staffordshire Police raided his Stone home.

Officers found more than 500 high category pictures of children as well as 19 videos on his computer. They also found 568 additional images that were ranked in a lower category.

Walker, of Cooper Street, has now been handed a 24-month community order at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after admitting two counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson said: “There was a search of the defendant’s home in September 17 and the only item searched was a PC tower from the bedroom.

“He told officers he had the tower since Christmas and that his friends had been on the computer but on December 29 he said he was responsible.

“He’s 18 now and in full-time employment and could be subject to a sexual harm prevention order, as well as forfeiture of the device.”

Barry White, mitigating for Walker, told the court the defendant was ‘embarrassed’ by what he had done.

He added: “He is upset with what he has done and the effect it has had on his family. He knows it was immature behaviour and his sentence will continue to address the issues he had.

“He has asked if he could have his computer back and I do not see why, without the hard drive, which should have been destroyed.”

Judge David Fletcher sentenced Walker to 15 days of rehabilitation activity in addition to the community order. He will also be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

The judge said: “Reading the descriptions it would seem these are some of the most disturbing pictures I have ever seen.

“I need to make it clear, if you were 18 at the time you would have been leaving the court through the back door. I can only thank god I didn’t have to look at these images, they are appalling and these were babies.

“They were real children who have been assaulted for the benefit of people to look at them. If people didn’t look at these images they would not be assaulted. They exist because there is a market for them.”

The court heard Walker’s mum submitted a letter saying she took responsibility for his actions but Judge Fletcher told her the defendant was old enough to be accountable for his own actions.