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Man sentenced after admitting possessing a paedophile manual

A King’s Lynn man who admitted possessing a manual, which contained advice and guidance about sexually abusing children has been sentenced.

38-year-old Kirk Pears of Diamond Street in King’s Lynn, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 14 December) after previously pleading guilty to one count of making indecent images of children and one count of possession of a paedophile manual.

In November 2016 police received information about the download of thousands of indecent images of children at an address in the town. Enquiries led officers to raid Pear’s home address where they seized a number of electrical devices, including laptops, tablets, mobile phones and external hard drives.

Specialist officers examined the items belonging to Pears, which were found to contain 13, 852 indecent images and a manual which contained advice or guidance about abusing children sexually.

The lead officer in the case, Detective Constable Nicky Gaughan said: "This was a particularly awful investigation with specialist officers viewing images which were some of the worst they’ve ever seen. 

"A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken, but every time that image is viewed by someone.

"We hope such a case sends a strong message out to offenders that the internet is not a safe anonymous space for accessing indecent images. They leave a digital footprint and we will find it."

Pears was sentenced to:

  • Count one of making indecent images - 10 months imprisonment suspended for two years
  • Count two of possession of a paedophile manual - 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years
  • Placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years
  • Given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for ten years.

Norfolk Constabulary set up the Safeguarding Children Online Team (SCOLT) in 2014 in a bid to investigate online grooming and possession and distribution of illegal images.

The team aim to identify victims who are being or have been abused and work with agencies to put safeguarding measures in place.  

The SCOLT executes its own warrants generated from intelligence, including referrals from Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - part of the National Crime Agency (NCA) – information from other forces and members of the public.