Paedophile With 137,000 Pictures, 4,336 Videos Of Abuse Spared Jail So He Can Start Family?Richard Arrowsmith was found to have 137,000 pictures and 4,336 videos of abuse metro.co.uk reports.
He is said to have faced up to five years in prison but was let off with a suspended sentence after a court heard that he wanted to become a father. He was arrested in February after police were tipped off that illegal images had been downloaded on his Sky account. His computer, external hard drive, laptop, mobile phone and USB sticks were seized in April.
Arrowsmith, of Church Gresley, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images and videos of children when he appeared at Derby Crown Court. Sentencing Arrowsmith to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, Recorder Martin Butterworth, said;
‘You are 41-years-old, with no previous convictions and you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. ‘There are three charges against you in relation to the possession of indecent images of children. ‘I am taking into consideration your previous good character, you have a wife who supports you, a steady employment and your hopes to start a family in the near future. ‘These are not victimless crimes, they encourage serious abuse of sometimes very young children. ‘You were less than honest about the nature of the images.’
Arrowsmith was ordered to pay £250 costs and carry out 160 hours of unpaid work as well as being made the subject of a curfew restricting him from leaving his house between 7pm and 5am. He is also banned from working with children and was ordered to sign the sexual offenders register.
Metro.co.uk further reports that, the court heard police found 400 videos in Category A, which is the worst, with another 255 films in Category B and 186 films and 851 images in Category C. Overall there were 1,692 movies and images ranging from Category A to C as well as the 4,336 videos and 137,000 images that remained uncategorised.
After he was arrested Arrowsmith admitted to viewing and downloading indecent images of children for ‘four or so years’. But he told police officers he had never distributed or made any images or videos. Digby Johnson, defending, told the court Arrowsmith and his wife, who was not present in court, were trying for children and wanted to start a family.