South Ockendon man sentenced over possession of child abuse images

Basildon Magistrates Court

A MAN, who admitted being found with images of young children being sexually abused, has been put on the Sex Offenders Register for 5-years.

Andrew Woods, 59, was also given a three-year community order, ordered to complete 60-days of rehabilitation and was made the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order when he was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court.

He was sentenced after pleading guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children.

The court heard how officers, acting on intelligence, executed a warrant at the home of Woods in Tamar Drive, South Ockendon on December 1 last year.

Officers seized various computer equipment, including laptops and computer towers, which were found to contain indecent images of children.

The images consisted of:
81 Category A (the most serious category) films and images
60 Category B films and images
71 Category C films and images

Following the sentencing Det Sgt Ashley Howard said: “Nothing is more important than protecting our children.

“That is why Essex Police has and will continue to proactively target those viewing, downloading or making indecent images of children.

“If you are committing this crime we will knock on your door and we will put you before the courts.”

Woods is one of more than 40 offenders arrested during a crackdown aimed at targeting offenders downloading, making and distributing indecent images of children online.

Over the last six months, using an intelligence-led approach, a dedicated team of specialist officers have targeted those carrying out this type of offence.

The team have worked alongside and in support of Essex Police’s existing specialist Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (CAIT).

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity focused solely on preventing child sexual abuse. The charity runs Stop it Now! – a child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline

For more information on how Stop it Now! helps people address their online behaviour, please visit the website www.stopitnow.org.uk or call the confidential Stop it Now! Helpline on 0808 1000 900.

Woods was sentenced on July 6th.

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