A former Hove resident has been sentenced for making more than 20,000 indecent images of children.
Neil La Touche, 36, a freelance computer engineer, was arrested in November 2010 in a flat in Cromwell Rd, Hove, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday May 25, having previously pleaded guilty to drawing the indecent images from the internet.
The prosecution resulted from an intelligence-led investigation by the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) ofSussex Police.
Detective Constable Jane Tunnicliff said: “There was no evidence of any ‘contact’ offending with children whether directly or on-line, and no evidence that any of the images, which were drawn from the Internet, were of local children. But of course every image represents in itself an offence of child abuse.”
La Touche, now of Swanfield Road, Hull, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, and was given a two-year supervision order and was served with a Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO) severely restricting his access to the Internet.
He is also required to register as a sex offender for ten years and is required to attend a Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP).
He is also required to carry out 200 hours of community service and to pay court costs of £300.