Shrewsbury man had indecent images of children

Indecent images of children were found on computers at the home of a Shropshire man, a court heard.

Shrewsbury crown court
Shrewsbury Crown Court where the case was heard

The material was discovered when David Woodhouse, aged 53, was arrested and questioned by police on other unrelated matters.

Officers also found a copy of a BBC television report which suggested that ‘not all paedophiles were being charged’.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court on Tuesday, unemployed Woodhouse was given a three-year community order which includes rehabilitation and alcohol treatment programmes.

Judge Peter Barrie said that he had taken into account the relatively low number of images, but said each image involved a child being abused and made him sign up to the sex offenders’ register.

He said he had also considered the defendant’s mental health issues and alcohol dependency.

In addition, Woodhouse was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years and must be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Woodhouse, of Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury, had initially denied seven allegations of making indecent photographs.

However, on the day he was due to face trial he pleaded guilty to four of the charges – making six Category A indecent images between June 2007 and December 2014, and making two Category A images, two Category B moving images and 10 Category B images, all on dates between October 2012 and December, 2014.

The three other allegations involving making a single Category B moving image and two offences involving Category C images, were ordered to lie on the file.

Miss Samantha Powis, prosecuting, said that when the defendant was arrested on December 12, 2014, on an unconnected matter, officers found the indecent material on a computer and a laptop.

She said there were still and moving images and the items had been stored where they could be recovered.

When questioned by police Woodhouse had initially denied knowledge of the material and suggested that other people were responsible.

Mrs Debra White, for Woodhouse, said there were a low number of images and her client had mental health and alcohol issues for which he needed help and he had spent a period of time in custody earlier in the year having previously breached his bail conditions.

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