North Wootton man jailed for 10 months for indecent image offences

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A man from North Wootton has been jailed for 10 months today for possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Andrew Bayliss, 31, of Priory Lane, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing and one of distributing indecent images of children last month.

He also admitted possessing a prohibited image of a child and an extreme pornographic image at the same hearing.

The case follows a police raid on Bayliss’ home in August of last year, in which a laptop computer and two mobile phones were seized.

Forensic examinations revealed they contained hundreds of indecent images of children, plus videos and other material.

And Bayliss subsequently told police he had used a false social media account and name to distribute the images.

The investigation into Bayliss was led by Norfolk Police’s Safeguarding Children Online Team (SCOLT), which was set up last year to investigate online grooming and the possession and distribution of illegal images.

Det Sgt Andy Barker, who leads the unit, said: “A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken but every time that image is viewed by someone.

“We hope such a case sends a strong message out to such offenders that the internet is not a safe anonymous space for accessing indecent images or grooming children. They leave a digital footprint and we will find it.”

Bayliss has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.