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King’s Lynn man jailed on child porn charges

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A 24-year-old Lynn man has been sentenced to a total of four years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to a string of sexual offences.

Michael Hudson-Thomas, of Goodwins Road, was jailed today at Norwich Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to 10 sexual offences.

The offences were committed between April and December 2013, and involve images from level one to five in severity on the COPINE scale.

He was charged with three counts of possessing extreme pornographic images, four counts of possessing an indecent photograph of a child, two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child and one count of arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

DC Mark Stratford, Lynn CID, led the investigation. He said: “This is one of the worst cases I have ever seen with Hudson-Thomas using technology to distribute extremely pornographic images, some of which were at the highest end of the offence scale.

“This disturbing case is all the more serious when seen in the context of Michaels wider internet usage which saw the offender playing out his unacceptable fantasies online. During the sentencing hearing he was described by the judge as a significant risk to members of the public.”

He added: “The Constabulary is committed to bringing such offenders to justice and has a dedicated team of investigators who deal with crimes involving children.

“We hope this case sends out a strong message to those intent on possessing and distributing such images. We should remember that behind every image there is a victim of abuse.”

Hudson-Thomas was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, with a court ordered extended licence period of five years after his release from prison. He will also remain on the Sex Offenders Register for an undetermined amount of time and was given a sexual offences prevention order for an undetermined amount of time.

 

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