February 2019

Pervert admits making almost 15,000 child abuse images

An East Cleveland man has admitted making almost 15,000 child abuse images.

David Thompson also admitted possessing 1,092 extreme images portraying bestiality.

The 53-year-old appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Monday where he faced five charges.

He admitted three counts of making indecent images of a child – with 1,358 in the most serious Category A showing the rape or torture of children.

There were 995 images in Category B, and 12,099 in Category C.

And when police officers raided Thompson’s Lingdale home on June 26 last year, they also found him to be in possession of the Class B drug amphetamine.

Prosecutors did not go into detail about the circumstances surrounding the offences.

District Judge Tim Capstick said he could only deal with the drug possession matter – and gave Thompson a 12-month conditional discharge.

He sent the four other charges to Teesside Crown Court at a date yet to be fixed

Granting him bail on the condition he reside at his Lingdale High Street address, Judge Capstick told him: “You’ll be given credit for your early guilty pleas.

“The fact I am granting you bail is not any kind of indication of your sentence when you reach Crown Court. A Crown Court judge could lock you up at a future date.”

Thompson must also sign the sex offender register.