Man to be sentenced for indecent child images

David Whiting leaving court

David Whiting leaving court

A man caught with more than 150 indecent photographs of children when police raided his home will be sentenced at the town’s crown court.

David Whiting, of Burke Road, Ipswich, admitted three charges of making indecent images of a child when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

District Judge Celia Dawson committed the matter to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing because of the seriousness of the offences.

Prosecutor Emma Howson said Whiting was arrested on February 16 when police officers went to the property where he was living.

They seized a computer tower and two hard drives and found 31 indecent images of a child at level one on the old Copine Scale of grading such photos - level one was the lowest level.

They also found one image at level four, the second most serious level.

On one of the hard drives 45 level one images were discovered, along with two at level two, 37 at level three and 14 at level four. On the other hard drive 27 images were found, including three at level four.

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Whiting, 41, initially told police he had not created any indecent images, but did speak about internet adult pornography sites, the court heard.

He then admitted using technology to create one of the images. Mrs Howson said Whiting told officers he had been stupid but had not done it for any sexual gratification. He denied he had been in contact with anybody else or had shared images.

The court was told Whiting has no previous convictions.

He was released on bail until his hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.