Pervert’s sick stock of child porn pictures

Bridlington pervert Gordon Hughes distributed sick images of children. He appears at Hull Crown Court for sentence.

Bridlington pervert Gordon Hughes distributed sick images of children. He appears at Hull Crown Court for sentence.

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A pervert unable to escape his past collected 4,467 sick images of children and began to distribute them to fellow paedophiles he met in chatrooms.

Gordon Hughes, 60, used his TV-connected broadband to discuss other men’s interests in vile child porn and send images and movies via his mobile phone.

Hughes was convicted of indecently assaulting a girl under 14 in 1990, escaping with a probation order, but said his interest in children had grown since then.

Hughes of Trinity Road, Bridlington, appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentence on Monday 23 February after pleading guilty to eight charges of possession of indecent images and eight charges of distributing indecent images of children.

Crown barrister Patrick Palmer said Hughes was caught after an investigation by Thames Valley Police into two other paedophiles – one of whom had Hughes’ mobile phone number.

Hughes was arrested at his home in Trinity Road, Bridlington, on 19 August. He was found with images stored on his mobile phone. “He used Sky chat rooms to contact like-minded individuals,” said Mr Palmer. “He admitted in interview, he liked girls below the age of 16. He said he had tried to meet with other individuals, who had access to children for abuse, but had never made contact as they were too far away.”

Hughes distributed 30 images and one video to three men between July and August 2014. Mr Palmer said the case was aggravated by the high volume of images, his previous conviction, and the deliberate distribution.

Defence barrister Joanna Jenkins said Hughes was an isolated loner caring for his 90-year-old father. Sentencing, Recorder Rachim Khan, QC, said Hughes had not learnt from his conviction by collecting images and films of children, some in the worst category. “It seems clear now you have been using Sky TV chat rooms to contact other men and distribute images of young girls. It seems to me only a custodial sentence is appropriate.” He jailed Hughes for two years and four months and made him the subject of a Sexual Offences’ Prevention Order. He must sign on the National Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.