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Indecent image offences explained by detective chief inspector of Nottinghamshire Police after Newark man given community order for making 50,000 indecent images of children

A detective chief inspector at Nottinghamshire Police has spoken of a case where a Newark man was sentenced after he made more than 50,000 indecent child images.

Detective Chief Inspector Quinn explained how indecent image offences are investigated after Alex Mountain, 33, of Philip Road, Newark, pleaded guilty to the offences and was handed a three-year community order.

Mountain was found to have made 51 category A images ­— the most serious of images; 69 category B images; and 53,032 category C indecent images of children.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Quinn of Nottinghamshire Police. (26709845)
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Quinn of Nottinghamshire Police. (26709845)

“We have various tools available to us which we use to police the internet,” said DCI Quinn.

Although it is down to the courts to decide lengths of sentences, DCI Quinn said prosecuting people for such offences has a wider impact.

He said: “It’s not just the sentence itself which acts as a deterrent; it’s the extent to which this type of conviction shatters people’s lives.

“They often lose their job, they lose their reputation, if they have children they’re no longer able to see them. I think that often has a far greater impact on people than a sentence can.”

DCI Quinn said how we talk about these types of offences is also important.

“When we talk about indecent images, we’re talking about a record of a child being abused,” he said.

“Offenders can be quite detached from this, they often don’t see the connection and don’t think they’re causing any harm.”

In DCI Quinn’s experience there is no typical offender.

“Often it’s people with good jobs and families ­— it really respects no boundaries,” he said. “That’s why we put so much time and effort into tracking down the people who do this."

“I’d like to say thank you to the officers who do this difficult work.

“It takes a special type of person to be able to do it, to handle this type of material and to remain professional.

“They are doing really important work to keep children safe.”

33-year-old Alex Mountain must carry out 125 hours of unpaid work as part of the three-year order, for the offences committed from his home between February and June, 2019.

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