December 2018

Man living alone in the woods caught with 7,000 images of children

A man who lived alone in the woods in Crowborough downloaded more than 7,000 indecent images of children, some as young as six months old.

Kevin Wyeth, 32, was ‘extremely isolated’ and would go weeks without speaking to another human being. When officers raided his tent in April they found he had thousands of indecent images of children, a court heard .

Wyeth, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of indecent images of children and one charge of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

He appeared at Lewes Crown Court yesterday for sentencing.

Prosecutor Naomi Edwards said: “When the officers attended they arrested Mr Wyeth and searched his tent. “In the tent there were two mobile phones, found to contain indecent images. “There was an age range of between six months and 15 years in terms of the children depicted.”

She told the court that in at one of the images the child was in ‘discernible distress’.

The court heard that there were 7,351 images in total, of which 1,812 were Category A – the most serious category. There were 2,574 Category B images and 2,965 Category C images.