April 2019

The dark world of a suburban paedophile found with thousands of abuse images

An depraved paedophile who was caught with thousands of sickening images, some of which showing “drugged” children, has dodged jail.

James Husband was tracked down by police through his email address and had even hidden a mobile phone crammed with images inside of a computer tower when officers raided his home.

The 42-year-old had horrific images of children as young as eight-months-old being abused in his possession with some clearly “intoxicated”.

Husband appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday to be sentenced for making indecent images.

Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, said on October 26, 2016, police were informed that indecent photographs of children had been uploaded to the internet.

“A police investigation established that had been done by an email address relating to (Husband’s) address”, he said.

Officers later went to his Guisborough home and seized devices including “two computer towers, a mobile phone and an external hard-drive” where “indecent images were found.”

But as officers were removing the devices from his home, they were astonished when the side of a computer tower popped open, revealing a hidden mobile phone.

Indecent images were found on that too.

The court heard that as there were so many sickening images discovered, officers stopped counting when they reached a certain point.

Mr Hadfield said there were “193,000 plus images” discovered, among that were 748 in the worst category.

There were also 929 in category B and 258 in category C.

One harrowing image showed a child as young as eight-months-old being “held down”.

The still images, which showed very young children in “pain and distress” dated as far back as April 4, 2014.

Mr Hadfield added that some of the children “appeared to be intoxicated or drugged.”

Michele Turner, defending said Husband would work well with rehabilitation and was a man who “has had some degree of trauma himself”.

She said that the suicide of Husband’s brother at a young age caused him to become the “leader of the family” while his “parents relied on him”.

She said he had a “demanding job with a significant amount of pressure and stress” which caused him to “drink to excess”.

Ms Turner added that he has started to “seek help” and was “full of remorse” and accessing the images was the result of leading an “isolated” life .

Judge Howard Crowson gave Husband, of Poplar Place, Guisborough, a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and will be on the sex offender register for the same amount of time.

Husband, who is now jobless, was also ordered to pay £250 costs and £140 surcharge.