June 2019

Jail sentence for man found with tens of thousands of indecent images

A man has been sentenced for making and possessing tens of thousands of indecent images of children.

John William Marshall, 63, of Fairfax Avenue, Harrogate, was jailed for 15 months at York Crown Court.

During an unrelated investigation in January 2018, North Yorkshire Police officers seized hard disks and other electronic devices from Marshall, which were forensically examined.

More than 24,000 indecent images children were found, including 76 images and videos of category A – the most serious kind.

Marshall, who lives in Harrogate and has links to the Northallerton area, was charged with making more than 24,000 indecent photographs of a child, possessing more than 1,000 prohibited images of a child and possessing 13 extreme pornographic images.

He pleaded guilty at York Crown Court earlier this year, and was sentenced there today (11 June 2019) to 15 months’ imprisonment. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years, and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years, which includes the requirement that he should have no contact with children except with the consent of a parent and Social Services.