Leeds teenager had vile child abuse computer images

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A teenager accessed around 2,000 vile images of children and animals being sexually abused from his home in Leeds, a court heard.

Noman Mushtaq, 19, was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his home in Meanwood and seized computer equipment and a mobile phone.

The equipment was found to contain 474 indecent images of children at category A - the most serious level of offending. A total of 124 images featuring abuse of animals was discovered. Officers discovered that Mushtaq had also distributed an indecent child image to another person in June 2013.

Mushtaq was arrested and admitted that he had been accessing the illegal material since he was aged 15. He told officers he would never harm a youngster but accepted that by viewing them he was contributing to the abuse of children. Mushtaq, of Carr Manor Drive, pleaded guilty to three offences of possession of an indecent image of a child, distributing an indecent image of a child and possession of extreme pornography.

He was made the subject of a three-year supervision order during which he must take part in a sex offender treatment programme. He was told he must go on the sex offenders’ register for five years.