Paedophile with "vast library" of images spent a decade downloading, court is told

A paedophile who spent more than decade downloading tens of thousands of vile abuse images has avoided being locked up.

Thursday, 18th November 2021, 8:45 am
Updated Thursday, 18th November 2021, 8:46 am

Adrian John Moss from Normanton confessed to officers that he had an addiction after a "vast library" containing more than 83,000 images and videos were found catalogued on his laptop and hard drives.

The 55-year-old appeared at Leeds Crown Court this week where he admitted three counts of making indecent images.

Prosecuting, Catherine Duffy said that police were alerted to an image being uploaded to an IP address traced to a property on Foxholes Lane, Normanton in 2018.

Moss admitted he had an addiction.

Officers eventually went to the address where they found Moss.

He was arrested and asked officers "is is about downloading from the internet?"

They seized a laptop and two external hard drives.

They found 239 Category A images - the most serious child abuse - 360 Category B and a staggering 82,518 Category C images. They were mix of still images and films.

It was found that he had been actively searching for the images, and some dated back to 2008, meaning Moss had been downloading the illegal images for 11 years.

During interview he told officers it had become an addiction and he knew he needed help.

He tried to claim he had no sexual interest in children, which was not accepted by the presiding judge, Simon Batiste, who said: "There's only one reason why people take the risk to download these images and that's for sexual gratification."

Mitigating, Christopher Morton told the court that Moss, who has no previous convictions or cautions, was terrified of going to prison and was desperate for help.

Judge Batiste told Moss: "It was a truly vast library of illegal images.

"You could have absolutely no complaints if I was to send you to prison today.

"You have come mighty close given the serious aspects of this case.

"You viewed these images over a period of more than 10 years, and they were filed in your computer in a systematic way.

"It demonstrates a long-standing interest in viewing such images.

"You tried to minimise your behaviour and there were deliberate searches for these images."

The court was told Moss had already sought help, so the judge gave him a 14-month sentence, suspended for two years, and 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to allow his internet use to be monitored, and told to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.