Wimblington man jailed for three years after pleading guilty to possession of more than 12,000 indecent images of children
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A 56-year-old man from Wimblington has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of more than 12,000 indecent images of children.
Colin Pope, of Doddington Road, was sentenced on Tuesday at Cambridge Crown Court.
The court heard how officers executing a warrant at his home, on May 13 last year, found 12,300 indecent images of children on digital devices.
The evidence obtained during the investigation also revealed Pope had been committing acts of voyeurism with a hidden camera he had placed in a victim’s bathroom as well as secretly recording women and teenage girls in public without their knowledge.
Pope made a full admission during his police interview to the charges, which included, two counts of possession of indecent images of children, two counts of making indecent images of children, one count of voyeurism and one count of outraging public decency.
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Detective Constable Lloyd Metselaar said: “I want to make it clear to anyone seeking out this material on the Internet that it is not simply an image.
“Every one of these images and videos captures a child being sexually abused or exploited.
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“It is only a matter of time before we knock on offenders doors and they and their families will be faced with the consequences of your actions.”
An NSPCC spokesman said: “Colin Pope’s crimes were depraved. Using a hidden camera shows the length that some criminals can go to for their own sexual gratification.
“Possessing child abuse images is a serious offence and we must never forget that children are being seriously assaulted when these pictures are produced.
“Viewing these appalling images creates a market for them, and children suffer horrific abuse for these pictures to be taken.
“Offenders should get treatment while in prison to reduce the likelihood of harming more children in future.
“For help and support children can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk.”
If you are worried about your own thoughts or behaviour towards children, you should seek confidential advice from ‘Stop It Now’ on 0808 1000 9000.