A MAN in South Tyneside has been charged with possessing almost 3,000 indecent images of children and making indecent movies of youngsters.
John King, of Glencourse in East Boldon, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged with the possessing 2889 indecent images of a child and a further six counts of making an indecent movie of a child.
King, 19, entered no plea.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, outlined details of the case to the chair of the bench Linda Murphy. He said: “It case involves a large number of images and movies of young children being downloaded from a variety of websites.
“They fall into three categories – these are A, B and C.”
He added: “Given the numbers involved, and the gravity, I invite you to send the defendant to Crown Court, given that your powers are insufficient.”
Under new guidelines, the Crown Prosecution Service now grades indecent images into three categories, instead of the previous five levels – with five being the most serious.
Category A, the most serious, is images which involve penetrative sexual activity, or they involve sexual activity with an animal or sadism.
Category B is images with involve non-penetrative sexual activity.
Category C involves all images which don’t fall into the first two more serious A and B sections.
Ms Murphy agreed with Mr Sudworth’s recommendations and committed the case to Newcastle Crown Court. The case will be heard on December 9.
The court also heard King will move to a new address in Blyth on Friday.
Ms Murphy said: “This matter is not suitable to be dealt with here.
“The first hearing of this case will be held at Newcastle Crown Court on December 9.”