A former military school student uploaded hundreds of child abuse images

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A man who had dozens of indecent images of children stored on his smartphone has denied being sexually interested in anyone under the age of 19, a court has heard.

Police received information specifying an email address from which indecent images of children may have been downloaded.

This led them to visit Jonathan McNeil-Candlin’s former home address in Burnopfield, County Durham, from where they seized an iphone and an ipad computer, in August last year.

Durham Crown Court heard he told police he had received, in a ‘drop box’, an unrequested image of a naked 13-year-old girl, sent by someone one he didn’t know, two years earlier, so he deleted it.

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Dr Chris Wood, prosecuting, said the defendant told police he was not interested in children and was only sexually interested in women aged 19 or over.

When told that indecent images of children had been found on his phone, he said he downloaded bulk photo packages from Snapchat.

He said he thought he deleted some of them.

Dr Wood said the forensic analysis uncovered 54 indecent images, 17 in the most serious category and nine of them in video form, totaling 32 minutes in length.

He said there were more than 171 other still images and 24 videos that could not be classified but were “indicative” of interest in children.

Dr Wood said the ages of the children shown in the images were between 6 and 15 years old.

The 26-year-old defendant, who now lives in Sheffield, admitted three counts of making (uploading) indecent images of children, one offense for each of three categories, when he appeared before magistrates recently .

They would have been consulted between December 2019 and April 2020.

Amrit Jandoo, representing McNeil-Candlin, told the Crown Court sentencing hearing that his client had no previous convictions, but he said he was aware of the seriousness of the offenses and that this could result in a prison sentence.

Mr Jandoo said the defendant had a ‘stable’ job and life in general, but accessed ‘regular pornography’ out of boredom and, while delving into the so-called ‘dark web’, was “truly horrified” to have accessed the offending site. pictures.

He agrees to have deleted certain offending images.

Mr Jandoo said the defendant, who attended military school and got a job relatively quickly after leaving, would find the imposition of a prison sentence “devastating” and result in the loss of his home.

He pointed to the probation service’s assessment that the defendant was “low risk” to the public and “medium risk” to children.

Urging Judge Ray Singh to suspend any prison sentence, Mr Jandoo added: ‘He has been very open about the offenses and there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.

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Judge Singh told McNeil-Candlin that people who access such images only further “fuel” the sexual exploitation of more children.

He told her, “It is a lie to say that you have no sexual interest in children.

“I consider this to be a very serious sexual offense because of the ramification it encourages to child abuse, often from an early age.”

Imposing a six-month jail sentence, Judge Singh said he had come to the conclusion that he could suspend her for two years as he believes there is work to be done with the defendant.

He was ordered to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity with the probation service and to attend up to 90 days in an approved group work program for sex offenders, “to deal with your deviant behavior”.

The judge also made the defendant subject to registration as a sex offender and under a sexual abuse prevention order, both of which are for seven years.

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