Bolton man sentenced for downloading indecent images of children


A 32 year old man has been given a suspended prison sentence today at Bolton Crown for making and possessing approximately 9,000 indecent images and videos of children.

Gavin Wilkinson pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial to 28 counts of making and possessing Category A, B and C indecent images of children between December 2012 and April 2014. He was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Lucy Scully, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "Gavin Wilkinson carried out deliberate and systematic searches for indecent images of children.

"Throughout the case he vehemently denied he was responsible for downloading the images, in the knowledge that by making those denials his wife would also be under suspicion for the offences.

"He produced several alibis for the times when the images had been downloaded, but upon further examination of his computer equipment he had backed the images up on his iPhone.  He had also set up a queuing system on his computer so that the images could be downloaded when he was not present.

"It wasn't until the trial was underway and the overwhelming evidence against him was being presented to the jury that he finally admitted to committing the offences.

"Viewing and downloading indecent images of children is not a victimless crime. It contributes to the cycle of harm suffered by victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation and the CPS is committed to working closely with the police to prosecute those who are found with these images."