Welshman admits to masturbating over sexually explicit child images

Videos of child abuse ‘depraved beyond belief’ among 1.7m images found on man’s computer

Welshman admits to masturbating over sexually explicit child images. William Field downloaded a ‘vast quantity’ of pictures and videos showing the sexual abuse of children from babies to teenagers, with the most serious showing babies being raped and degraded.
Judge Paul Thomas QC said the haul of images found on Field’s computers was the largest he had encountered during his 25 years sitting in the crown court.
The Category A images the defendant downloaded showed abuse that was “depraved beyond belief”. He told Field that his desire to masturbate over such images “fuels the evil trade” in indecent images.
He added that he wondered whether the councillor who wrote the reference was aware of the nature of images Field had been collecting.
Following the sentencing guidelines and giving the defendant the required one-third discount for his guilty pleas, the judge sentenced him to two years and four months in prison.
Field will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence under the UK government’s early release scheme.

The defendant will be on the sex offenders register for the next 10 years and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order to control his access to the internet for the same length of time.

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