Eastbourne man jailed for child porn offences

Published June 25, 2013 by JS2

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An Eastbourne man was jailed for four years on Monday (June 24) for collecting and distributing photos of children being abused.

David Alan Wood, 47, of Bexhill Road, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court, following his conviction last month of six counts of making indecent images of children at Level Four, one of the most serious categories, one roll-up charge of making indecent images of children at levels one through to four, and conspiracy to cause or incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The sentencing was broken down into 12 months on each count of making indecent images and four years for the conspiracy offence. These sentences will run concurrently, making a total of four years in custody. Probation will then manage Wood on an extended licence for two more years.

Wood was also charged with distribution of indecent images of children but this was ordered to lie on the court file and was not proceeded with.

In relation to the conspiracy offence, Wood used a false identity to discuss on-line the abuse of young boys with others. One such also man lived in Sussex and was also arrested.

Wood and this man openly discussed abusing boys and their desire to abuse together. The other man was charged with similar offences but took his own life before trial.

The court also served Wood with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) severely restricting his access to the Internet and to boys under 16. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life. He is also banned from working with children for life.

Wood had been arrested by detectives from the Sussex Police Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) following intelligence from the national Child Exploitation On-Line Protection Centre (CEOP).

Detective Constable Jackie Keogh of POLIT said, “Wood initially denied that he was responsible for any of the images and we had to carry out a great deal of forensic computer and protracted investigative work to prove that he was responsible.

“Not only was he a collector and distributor of indecent images of teenage boys, each one of which in itself is an image of sexual abuse, but he was also complicit in seeking to meet another man for actual physical abuse of a young boy.”

Detective Inspector Jez Prior said, “We will always take seriously reports of alleged offending of this type, whether they come from law enforcement or the public.

“Anyone who has concerns or information about possible offences can contact us in confidence at any time via 101, asking for the Sussex Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team.”

 

Eastbourne Herald

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