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Woodford Green man pleads guilty to making 250 indecent images of children for the second time in two years

PUBLISHED: 18:22 29 June 2020 | UPDATED: 18:22 29 June 2020

Martin Sparks plead guilty to making more than 200 indecent images of children, despite being subject to the same offence. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Martin Sparks plead guilty to making more than 200 indecent images of children, despite being subject to the same offence. Picture: Metropolitan Police

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A Woodford Green man has pleaded guilty after he was found to have downloaded more than 200 indecent images of children and hiding a USB in his shoe, despite being subject to a suspended sentence for the same offence.

Martin Sparks, 47, of Maldon Walk, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, June 26 and admitted five charges of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and making indecent images of children.

He had been convicted on June 26, 2018 of making indecent images of children and was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years, and an SHPO until “further order”.

On Thursday, June 18, officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command executed a search warrant at Sparks’ home following intelligence that indecent images of children had been downloaded there via peer-to-peer software.

During the search officers seized a computer tower, which Sparks used to download the illegal images - this related to three of the breaches.

After Sparks was searched in custody, police found two USB storage devices in his shoes.

The USBs contained a total of 250 videos of child abuse.

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There were 233 category A child abuse videos - which are “images involving penetrative sexual activity” – and 17 category B videos of “non-penetrative sexual activity”.

Officers also found an electronic tablet, which was a breach because it wasn’t declared following the 2018 SHPO.

The remaining breach was for connecting to the home’s router to use the internet when he downloaded the images.

Sparks admitted all the offences during his interview and was charged on Friday, June 19.

Det Con James Cavenham, the investigating officer, said: “Sparks is now facing time behind bars after committing the same hideous offence once again. The evidence we gathered against him meant he had no option but to plead guilty.

“Although this is not a contact offence, every single image contains a child who is a victim of an appalling crime and when people like Sparks seek these images out, they continue to generate a market for this type of abuse.

“The Met will continue to relentlessly pursue and bring to justice those who download online images of child sexual abuse.”

Sparks will be sentenced on Wednesday, August 26 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

For information about how to keep young people safe online, go to safe.met.police.uk, www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre or www.thinkuknow.co.uk.


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