Leeds man downloaded 1,500 illegal images of children on computer

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A MAN was found to have downloaded 1,500 illegal images of children after police seized computer equipment from his home in Leeds.

Philip Tolpey was arrested after West Yorkshire Police executed a search warrant at his home on High Bank Crescent, Colton, on March 26 last year following a tip-off from officers in Kent.

Analysis of the equipment showed 72 of the images were at category A- the most serious level of offending. Topley had also accessed 81 illegal movies. Topley was interviewed and said some of the images had been sent to him by people he had chatted with online.

He said he did not have a sexual interest in children and the reason he accepted them was because he enjoyed contacting others online.

Topley also said he had an addictive personality and had been addicted to online gambling. He had become bankrupt after losing £17,000. Topley pleaded guilty to 21 charges of making indecent images of children.

Craig Hassal, mitigating, said Topley had learning difficulties and was vulnerable to exploitation by others. He accepted that his behaviour was wrong and was prepared to receive treatment to address his offending.

Topley was made the subject of a three year community order and must attend a sex offender treatment programme.