At a hearing in Sheffield Crown Court on June 9 this year, the court heard how police ‘acting on information’ raided Nicholas Page’s home on November 23, 2020 and seized a number of electronic devices, including an Acer laptop.
Prosecution solicitor Neil Coxon said Page, of Lakeside Rise in Askern, Doncaster, was arrested on suspicion of creating indecent images of children, and his devices were later analyzed by agents.
“It was found to contain a number of indecent images of children,” Mr Coxon said, adding that there were 27 Category A images, which is the harshest of the legal categories.
Page, 60, also allegedly uploaded 31 images and three Category B videos; 15 images and one Category C video, plus 88 images and one video defined as “extreme pornography”, some of which involved bestiality, the court heard.
Mr Coxon told the court how, when Page was arrested, he told officers: “There are websites I go to. They are a bit dodgy but I don’t upload images of children.
Page’s laptop was found to contain four programs capable of rendering viewed files “inaccessible”, Mr Coxon said.
He added: “The children depicted are between the ages of 3 and 15, with the vast majority being between the ages of 8 and 10.”
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Analysis of Page’s laptop revealed that he had used what Mr Coxon described as the “usual” search terms in cases involving indecent images of children.
Mr Coxon said that in two interviews with police, Page said he was responsible for the content found on his laptop and acknowledged that he had searched for pornographic material online, but said the Indecent images may have been uploaded while he was looking for “legal” pornography. contents.
Page, who had a clean criminal record prior to this string of offences, also denied having any sexual interest in the children.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of fabricating indecent images of children, each count relating to the different categorization of images found on Page’s laptop, and one count of possession of extreme pornographic images in a prior hearing.
Discussing Page’s mitigation with judge recorder Ian Mullarkey, defense attorney Ella Embleton said the ‘crux’ of her mitigation had to do with how long it took for the case to Page reaches court and the “onerous” bail conditions he had been under in the 19 months since his arrest.
Recorder Mullarkey also referenced other points of mitigation put forward on Page’s behalf, including “marital issues” and “the impact an immediate jail sentence would have on others” around him.
He sentenced Page to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and told him: “You must understand that those who see such images are supporting the horrible trade in indecent images and allowing others to justify the crime of these images taken, often in distant places.”
Recorder Mullarkey also ordered Page to perform 40 days of rehabilitative activity and 120 hours of unpaid work, placed him on a 10-year sexual abuse prevention order, and on the Sex Offender Register for the same period.