Married dad obtained USB stick from work to hide child abuse images from wife


A dad has avoided going to jail despite being caught with sickening images of child abuse.

Depraved Dennis Williams, 54, admitted that he had been downloading indecent images of children for two years.

The 54-year-old married dad told Cleveland Police he had obtained a USB stick from work to store his collection and hide it from his wife.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court that officers searched Williams’ Billingham home on May 16 after a tip-off.

They seized the USB and a laptop which both contained indecent images of children which had been downloaded between May 2011 and the date of the raid.

Miss Masters said that there were 25 at the most serious level Category A.

Williams said that he downloaded the first child abuse accidentally and progressed to searching for more.

Damien Sabino, defending, said that Williams was now living in rented accommodation and he had no contact with his daughter and a son.

He worked as a process operator but he feared that he would lose his job.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told Williams: “It is often thought that these offences are without victims, they very much have victims.

“The victims are the poor children who have to undergo acts perpetrated in the acts in Category A.”

Williams, of Tennyson Road, was given a 10 months jail sentence suspended for two years, 30 days of rehabilitation activities, a sex offender’s treatment programme and citizen’s programme, a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting his use of the internet, and he was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

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