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Lincolnshire man caught with 9,000 child porn images spared jail due to police delay

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

Lincoln Crown Court

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A Lincolnshire man who downloaded more than 9,000 indecent photographs of children has been spared jail after the police took too long investigating his case.

Kevin Baxter, 49, was caught with the images after officers searched an address in Keble Court, Clinton Park, Tattershall, in June 2009.

Lincoln Crown Court heard it was two years before police analysed the material found on Baxter's computer hard drives because of the priority system they were using at the time.

When the images were eventually looked at they were discovered to include a significant number of the most serious levels of child pornography, the court was told.

But passing a suspended sentence Judge Michael Heath told Baxter he was taking the exceptional course of sparing him prison because of the "inexcusable" three-year delay in bringing his case to court.

Judge Heath told Baxter internet child pornography was very a damaging industry which hurt the most vulnerable in society.

"There were found on your various computers 9,193 images. Among those 679 were at level four and 51 at level five, those being the most serious levels. I saw a sample of the disgusting material you had downloaded."

But Judge Heath added: "In the meantime, you have done all in your power to rehabilitate yourself."

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said police seized five computer hard drives, some printed pictures of images and two discs during the search on 18 June, 2009.

Mr Scott told the court: "The age range shown in the images are between three and 16-years-old, and predominantly female."

When Baxter was questioned by police he admitted possessing around 500 images, with a few of naked girls, and said he had stopped a couple of years earlier. Baxter expressed shock when he was told of the total number of images he had downloaded.

The court heard Baxter had stayed out of trouble since the search and had begun a new life out of Lincolnshire.

In mitigation, the court was told Baxter had now banned himself from using the internet to avoid any future temptation.

Baxter, now of Cedar Close, Patchway, Bristol, pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing a total of 9,193 indecent images on June 18, 2009.

He also admitted a total of 10 charges of making an indecent image of a child on dates between May 2004 and January 2009.

Baxter was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years, placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years and ordered to complete a sex offenders course. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

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  • adamcayhall  |  October 27 2012, 2:31PM

    That sentence actually puts him on the sex offender register for 10 years, if the judge told him 5 years then what hope do we have

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  • blindimp  |  October 27 2012, 12:44PM

    CANNOT SEE WHAT DIFFERENCE THE DELAY MAKES. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS CRIME, AND A LONG PRISON SENTENCE IS REQUIRED.

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  • Bolshie  |  October 26 2012, 8:18PM

    A sex offenders course? Do we really train them to improve their performance? He was ordered to register as an offender? Do we really trust them to register themselves? I agree the delay is inexcusable but see that as no reason to reduce the punishment - especially on the grounds he had rehabilitated himself - (DIY seems to be the flavour of the day with sex offenders) - how do we actually know he is rehabilitated? I say bang him up for a good hard think about what he did over a 25 year period - that's the medicine I'd prefer to see over any self-treatment programme any day.

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