Sunderland man caught with over 1,000 child abuse images keeps his freedom

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Police found the sickening collection, featuring children as young as three months old, on three of Alan Teal’s computer devices, which were seized in a raid on his home in September 2019.

Newcastle Crown Court, the 68-year-old had a total of 1,082 photos and films, across all three severity categories.

Prosecutor Rachel Glover told the court that the age range of the children presented was “three months to 12 years”.

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The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

Teal, of Astral House, Sunderland, admitted three counts of creating indecent images of children.

The court heard he had no problems before or since the offences.

Miss Recorder Caroline Goodwin QC sentenced him to a two-year community order, with rehabilitation requirements.

Teal must sign the sex offender registry and comply with a sexual abuse prevention order for five years.

The judge told him: “The fact that you are not directly responsible for the physical abuse of these children does not exculpate you in any way.

“You are not absolved because of the distance that separates you from these images.

“The point is, this kind of behavior encourages those who take this heinous material to continue doing so.”

Tony Cornberg, defending, said Teal had been assessed as posing a low risk of causing harm and “does not pose a danger to the public”.

Mr Cornberg said Teal would come out of any prison sentence ‘just older’ and added: ‘Immediate detention would not address the underlying causes.

“There is work to do.”

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