Man had 3000 'horrific' Images

A Gravesend man's been sent to prison for 12 months for making and possessing indecent images of children

47 year old Bradley Stephens from Jellicoe Avenue pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children including over 30 hours of movie clips depicting horrific abuse.

Officers searched his house in July 2009 after officers received information in relation to internet chat during which he discussed the abuse of children.

Stephens was arrested and computer equipment from his home was seized.  Officers from Kent Police's digital forensics unit carried out a thorough examination of the computer equipment and mobile telephones taken from his home.  Evidence of over 3000 indecent images of children, including evidence of extreme pornography was found.

Detective Sergeant David Shipley who had to view the obscene material said: 'Anyone who had any genuine understanding of the suffering that the children in these images go through, would never act in the way Stephens has. In over four years of investigating this type of crime, this material was some of the worst I have had to deal with.'

Images found have been categorised between levels 1-5

Still images found:

Level 1 - 1486

Level 2 - 452

Level 3 - 649

Level 4 - 732

Level 5 - 115

Total - 3,434

Movie clips:

Level 1 - 10

Level 2 - 15

Level 3 - 19

Level 4 - 101

Level 5 - 18

Total - 163

109 images categorised as extreme pornography, in still and movie format, were also recovered from computers, hard drives and a mobile phone.

Total - 3,706

The officer in charge of the investigation Detective Constable Kay Sankey said: 'Stephens used the internet to support his disturbing sexual fantasies. People like him cause others to commit abuse of the most horrendous nature, in order to feed the demand for more material.

'Those who download indecent images of children should feel just as responsible for the suffering these children are subjected to as those who carry out the actual abuse.'

Stephens pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on 20 May to 20 counts of making indecent images of children and five counts of possession of indecent images of children.

Stephens has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for each of the 20 counts, which must be served concurrent, must sign the sex offenders register and has been given a sex offences prevention order.  

Upon sentencing His Honour Judge Andrew Patience said: 'I am at a loss for words to adequately describe the evil and wickedness of those who do such things as described to children, some of whom are babies, all of whom must be terrified beyond belief.'


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