A CRICKLADE man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to 11 counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.
Thirty-year-old Richard Graeme Leighton was sentenced to two years eight months in prison by Judge Ambrose when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday, July 26.
In September last year Wiltshire Police received information from another police force that Mr Leighton was making indecent images of children and sharing them online.
A search warrant was executed at his home address in Cricklade and a number of items seized. He was arrested and admitted in interview that he had made indecent images and shared them online by giving other users his password.
An examination of a seized laptop revealed over 850 indecent images and videos. More images and movies were discovered on his iPhone.
Detective Constable Sarah Dalby from the child internet exploitation team said: ‘It was clear from the examination of material in this case that the offender had progressed from simply accessing and possessing images through to sharing and covertly recording material for his own gratification.
‘Those who view and download indecent images or videos of children fuel a demand for more and more content of this nature.
‘This case highlights our commitment to tackling these crimes and working with others forces and partner agencies in order to do this.
‘We have specialist teams of officers trained to deal with all aspects of sexual abuse against both children and adults. Victims can be assured that they will be believed and all reports will be thoroughly investigated.’
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or suspects that children are being abused should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.
Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenam Road, Swindon.
The SARC is a dedicated centre offering support to any victim of a sexual assault where trained professionals can provide immediate medical care and treatment, a forensic examination, counselling and onward referral to other necessary services.
The SARC offers a 24-hour helpline on 0808 168 0024 or log onto newswindonsanctuary.co.uk.