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Sunderland Man Jailed for Illegal Images

A 39 year old male from Sunderland has been jailed after police found him to be in possession of over one hundred illegal images and videos, just two months after he was handed a suspended sentence for a similar offence.

Previous offence

Christopher Hutchinson was arrested in October 2015 after a tip-off to police from his internet service provider. He was found to be in possession of around 174 indecent images and videos of children and a judge handed him a suspended sentence.

However just two months later, Hutchinson was found to have started another collection of disturbing images and films involving child abuse and people having sex with animals. The images and films, over one hundred in total, were stored on numerous SD cards and were only discovered when Hutchinson was arrested and searched over an unrelated offence.

Guilty plea

In court, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to making and possessing 40 movies and 37 still images of child abuse, many of which being in the most serious category.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing 25 films and images of extreme pornography involving animals.

Sentencing Hutchinson to two years in prison, Judge Tim Gittins told him:

“It cannot be said enough, the fact that these are images available on parts of the internet does not mean it is not an abuse by you of those children to download them and use them for your sexual gratification.”

The judge added that the fact the 39 year old had started a new collection within two months of being handed his last sentence showed ‘blatant disregard’ for the last court order.

Huthinson, who is already on the Sex Offenders Register and the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, has been assessed by the probation service as posing a “high risk of serious harm to young children by the commission of this sort of offence again”.

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Source: Sunderland Echo

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