Sutton man who downloaded 8,000 indecent images of children escapes jail sentence

A Sutton man has been banned from working with children and placed on the sexual offenders register for five years after he was caught with almost 8,000 indecent images of children.

Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 5:00 pm

Between October 2018 and July 2019, Jason Myrtle, 47, of Thompson Crescent, distributed and made 7,888 including 36 videos which included children aged between eight and 14-years-old.

Myrtle had 36 Category A videos, 13 Category C videos, one Category B images and 7,872 Category C images, where Category A is the most extreme.

The images and videos were discovered following an investigation by Nottinghamshire Police in May 2019, and three computers were seized.

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Myrtle was subsequently arrested and charged with nine counts of making indecent images of a child.

He admitted to making the images, saying during his interview that while downloading pornographic material, curiosity had ‘got the better of him’ when he saw thumbnails of naked children.

He pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday July 16 and was sentenced to a two year community order with 30 rehabilitation days.

Myrtle was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, to monitor his internet use. He has also been barred from working with children.

Chief Inspector Peter Quinn, lead for Child Protection said: “Myrtle’s actions were unacceptable. Every image is a record of a child being abused and viewing such material re-victimises that child many times over.”

“Nottinghamshire police will do everything we can to ensure that the people behind this type of activity is brought to justice.”

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