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Child abuse images man from Dudley spared jail

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A man from Dudley who possessed indecent images of children - more than 100 of which were in the most extreme category - has been spared a jail sentence.

Police found evidence of 205 still and moving images after seizing Darren Baker's computer and laptop during a raid on his home.

Baker, of Wrens Nest Road, had deleted all but one of the images but forensic teams were able to trace them after inspecting his hard drive, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

They found evidence of 161 moving images of children and 44 still images. A total of 86 of the moving images and 21 stills were classed as category A images - the most extreme end of the scale.

Evidence was found of 'extreme and prohibited' material which had been deleted, Mr Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told the court.

Baker also used software that allowed him to search the internet anonymously.

But the 36-year-old, who admitted six charges of making indecent images, was spared a jail sentence by Judge Nicholas Webb who instead gave him a three-year community order. Judge Webb said issues in Baker's personal life and problems he had suffered with his health had swayed his decision.

Mr Jones said Baker 'developed an unhealthy interest in children' when he possessed the images between October 2013 and June 2014.

"He developed an interest in pornographic material and had an unhealthy interest in children. He was hoping he would get caught when he realised what he was doing."

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Mr Stephen Hamblet, defending, argued rehabilitation rather than a prison sentence would be more productive and said Baker was unlikely to re-offend.

As part of his three-year community order Baker must attend a sexual offences programme and has been placed on the sexual offences register for five years.

Delivering his sentence, Judge Webb told him: "There were more category A images than B and C. They depicted, some of them, very young children.

"You possessed these images between October 2012 and June 2013 and were not arrested until June 2014. "Therefore I conclude for some reason you have stopped accessing these images for some 12 months or so before.

"I bear in mind that you have been contrite and had personal difficulties at the time that extended into health."

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