Sunderland man caught with child abuse footage after Zoom call

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Officers raided Vincent Ash’s home in November 2018 after police received reports the Zoom account user was logged into a conference where other users were streaming videos of children.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 35-year-old’s laptop was seized and contained two Category A videos, which is the most serious type, two Category B images and four Category C images .

Prosecutor Omar Ahmad told the court the footage showed children mostly between the ages of 12 and 16.

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Vincent Ash.

Skype and Zoom chat logs showed Ash had discussed child abuse with other users.

The category C images had been received via Skype from an unknown user, the court heard.

Ash, of Thornlea Court, Thornhill, Sunderland, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children.

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced him to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation conditions.

Ash must abide by a sexual abuse prevention order and sign the sex offender registry for ten years.

The court heard that Ash had worked his entire adult life and became self-employed after the police raid.

The audience was told that he had never had any problems before and had a stable home and relationship. Judge Bindloss told him: “You are a smart young man, a hard worker, the court never wants to see you again and I’m sure want to be here again.”

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