February 2019

Adlington engineer caught with more than 100 child abuse images spared jail

An engineer caught with more than 100 indecent images of children has been spared jail so he can be ‘educated’ about his wrong-doing.

Kenneth Woodward, 62, of Adlington, had admitted three counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing such images at a previous hearing.

He was given a six month suspended jail sentence at Chester Crown Court.

Judge Recorder Tanya Griffiths said: “I agree the best way to protect children from you is to try and educate you.”

Woodward will also carry out 100 hours unpaid work and a 35-day rehabilitation activity order.

The court heard police had been tipped off that indecent images of children had been uploaded from Woodward’s IP address.

Prosecutor Chris Hopkins added that officers from the paedophile and cyber investigation team raided an address where Woodward sometimes stayed.

A total of seven category A images – the worst type, four category B images and 144 category C images were found. Some took the form of ‘movies of some length’.

In police interview Woodward, of Wood Lane West, described his interest in indecent images as ‘morbid fascination’ rather than sexually motivated.

Woodward – who was said to be ‘too-ing and fro-ing’ between his own address and his girlfriend’s – had also admitted one count of possessing extreme pornographic images.