Man convicted of being in possession of indecent images of children


A 50-year-old man from Stretton was sentenced at Burton Magistrates Court to a three year community order and placed on the sex offenders register on 7 January 2016 after he pleaded guilty at an early hearing to making indecent photographs of a child.

Police executed a warrant on Darren Haddow's property in Burton-upon-Trent where they recovered a hard drive.

Once forensically examined, officers discovered 12 indecent images of children and two movies which had been downloaded from the internet onto the devices.

The defendant confirmed that the devices were his and he had downloaded the images. He pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

Haddow was given a three year community order, put onto the sex offenders register, to attend an accredited sex offender treatment programme for 18 months, fined £150, costs £185 and a victim's surcharge of £60.

Natalie Merchant, Acting District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Following a police investigation, Darren Haddow was arrested for being in possession of indecent images of children.

"Due to the overwhelming evidence against the defendant, he pleaded guilty at the first hearing.

"The CPS and our partners in the criminal justice system are working together to identify and bring to justice those who commit such crimes."