Worthing man in court on child pornography and abuse charges

A Worthing man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on child pornography and abuse charges.

David Alan Wood, 46, of no fixed address in Worthing and Eastbourne, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today (Friday, November 9) on 12 counts of sexual assault and making indecent images.

He is also jointly charged with Russell Miller, 52, of Cheveley Gardens, Bognor Regis, with conspiracy to cause/incite a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Wood previously appeared in custody at Hove Crown Court on Friday, August 24, on five charges of distribution of indecent images of children, and seven counts of making indecent images of children.

He had been arrested by POLIT detectives in August, 2010, after information leading to the warrant had been received from the Child Exploitation On Line Protection Centre (CEOP).

Miller was charged on October 26, with 26 charges relating to indecent images of children and sexual assaults on boys.

He had been arrested on the July 24, 2011, by the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police on suspicion of distributing indecent images of children over the internet.

He also faces charges of the distribution and making of indecent images of children, possession of prohibited images, possession of extreme pornography, and seven charges relating to sexual assaults on two boys under the age of 13.

Those assault offences allegedly took place in 1993 and more recently between 2008 and 2010, in Bognor in all cases.

At today’s appearance, Miller was released on conditional court bail.

A plea and case management hearing is due to take place at Lewes Crown Court on January 25, 2013.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We will always take seriously reports of alleged offending of this type, whether they come from law enforcement or the public.

“Anyone who has concerns or information about possible offences can contact us in confidence at any time via 101, asking for the Sussex Paedophile On Line Investigation Team.”