A King’s Lynn man who admitted possessing a manual, which contained advice and guidance about sexually abusing children has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Kirk Pears, 38 and of King’s Lynn, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday (Thursday December 14) after previously pleading guilty to one count of making indecent images of children and one count of possession of a paedophile manual.
In addition to his 22 months' suspended sentence, Pears has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same length of time.
In November 2016 police received information about the download of thousands of indecent images of children at an address in the town. Enquiries led officers to raid Pears' home address where they seized a number of electrical devices, including laptops, tablets, mobile phones and external hard drives.
Specialist officers examined the items belonging to Pears, which were found to contain 13, 852 indecent images and a manual which contained advice or guidance about abusing children sexually.
The lead officer in the case, Detective constable Nicky Gaughan, said: "This was a particularly awful investigation with specialist officers viewing images which were some of the worst they’ve ever seen.
"A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken, but every time that image is viewed by someone.
"We hope such a case sends a strong message out to offenders that the internet is not a safe anonymous space for accessing indecent images. They leave a digital footprint and we will find it."