Man is warned to expect jail over images

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A LANCING man, who admitted making more than 600 indecent images and videos of children, has been told to expect to be jailed.

Richard Chalcraft, 37, of South Street, Lancing, appeared at Chichester Crown Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent still images of a child and two counts of making moving images of a child between September 1, 2013, and September 9, 2014.

In total, Chalcraft made 609 indecent images and videos at his home, the severity ranging from category A to C.

Chalcraft also pleaded guilty to one count of distributing 30 indecent photographs of children from category A to C between February 7, 2014, and February 10, 2014.

Prosecutor Rachel Beckett said the new sexual offences guidelines recommend that for distributing category A images, which depict erotic posing with no sexual activity, the jail term should range from between two to five years.

John Naylor, defending, said: “Mr Chalcraft has had issues with depression and was sexually abused as a child.”

The court heard that 60 pages of chat from social media messaging app Kik had also been seized from Chalcraft.

Recorder S Smyth said: “Mr Chalcraft, you have heard everything that has been said this morning and I think it’s more or less inevitable you will be sent to prison on the next occasion you are in court.”

Chalcraft will be sentenced at Chichester Crown Court on March 12.