Paedophile breaks down in tears after being caught with 1,700 vile images

A paedophile caught with a library of child sex abuse pictures and videos sobbed in court as he avoided jail.

Callum Latimer, 23, was caught with 165 indecent images and videos – including 58 of the most serious category A – on his phone following a police tip-off on November 30 last year.

He also had 1,578 prohibited images of children and chat logs on his Samsung device also showed Latimer requesting indecent images of Japanese manga-style underage girls, reports The Liverpool Echo.

At Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, August 16, prosecutor Christopher Hopkins said images found on Latimer’s phone showed young girls aged between three and 10-years-old.

Latimer, of Keswick Crescent in Warrington, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, possessing indecent images of children and possessing prohibited images.

Anthony O’Donohoe, defending, said his client was of previously good character with no previous convictions.

The court also heard the 23-year-old had “a number of significant neurodiverse conditions”.

Judge Andrew Menary, sentencing, said: “It’s plain that for a time you were active online soliciting or talking to others about these images and you acquired these images.”

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He added: “They involve the serious abuse of very young children and it’s for that reason people who possess these images and look for them in this way are encouraging this evil trade.”

However the judge decided Latimer could walk free from court, suspending his jail sentence.

He said: “A more constructive option would be to give you support within the community from the probation service.”

Latimer cried as he was sentenced to a total of six months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to complete the Horizon programme for sex offenders, and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was placed on the sex offenders register and given a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

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