A SOMPTING man has been sent to prison for possessing almost 1,000 indecent images of children.
Nicholas Eaton, 51, of Nelson Close, Sompting, was sentenced to six months’ in prison at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (July 17), police announced today.
It comes after a previous hearing where he admitted to making and possessing more than 950 images, including several videos, some in the most serious category, showing indecent images of children taken from the Internet, a police spokesman said.
The spokesman added that there was ‘no evidence’ of any contact offending, whether in person or online, and none of the images were believed to be of local children.
Detective Constable Helen Day said: “Every image of this type shows a child being sexually abused. We will always follow up information that people are possessing this material.”
Eaton’s prosecution followed an intelligence-led investigation by the Paedophile Online Investigation Team of Sussex Police.
The 51-year-old will placed on the sex offenders register for seven years upon his release.
The court also gave him a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to last until further notice, severely restricting his access to computers.
On top of this, Eaton was disqualified from working with children, and the court also ordered his computers and related equipment to be destroyed.
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