Pair arrested over indecent child images

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TWO men were arrested at a house in West Yorkshire after police received a tip-off that images of child abuse had been upload to YouTube.

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Christopher Padgett, 21, and his mother’s partner, John Hughes, 52, had computer equipment seized when officers executed a search warrant at the property on Coronation Avenue, Normanton, near Wakefield.

Padgett was found to have accessed more than 5,000 indecent images and movies of boys and girls. More than 1,500 images and movies were at category A - the most serious level of offending. Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said Padgett had also distributed 22 illegal images. Hughes was found to have accessed over 1,000 illegal images. Miss Hancock said although the men lived at the same address, their offending was not connected and they had accessed the illegal material independently of each other.

Padgett told police he had probably uploaded images to Youtube but could not really remember doing it. Hughes said he committed the offences after he began taking steroids for body building and it had “changed his sex drive.” Padgett pleaded guilty to six offences of possessing indecent photographs of children and two of distributing them. He was jailed for 14 months.

Hughes pleaded guilty to six offences of possessing indecent photographs of children.

He was made the subject of a three-year community order. Daniel Smith, mitigating, said Padgett had been suffering from depression and was drinking heavily at the time of the offending.

Mr Smith said Hughes stopped accessing the illegal material six months before police arrested him. Judge Sean Morris told Padgett: “Those who distribute child pornography must go to prison.”

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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