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Ipswich man sentenced after making indecent images

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A man from Ipswich has been sentenced after pleading guilty to making indecent images of children.

56 year old Christopher Welham of St. Georges Street in Ipswich appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today (Wed 14 July) where he was sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

It follows an earlier hearing at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on April 16 this year where he pleaded guilty to four offences of making indecent photographs and being in possession of prohibited images.

The offences first came to light in January 2019 when Welham was being investigated for a separate offence of harassment. Part of this enquiry required police to seize his mobile phone to access text messages. On receipt of the phone the Digital Forensic Unit located images and Welham was subsequently summonsed to court to answer charges.

The offences took place on or before 1 November 2019 and consisted of four counts - making indecent photographs of a child, namely 28 images and 51 videos of a child under category A; making indecent photographs 34 images and 48 videos of a child under category B; making indecent photographs of a child namely 1,333 images and 21 videos under category C, and fourthly being in possession of 40 prohibited images and 15 prohibited videos of a child. 

Investigating officer DC Leia Dowsing said: "When this offending first came to light Welham at first explained he denied downloading them and couldn’t explain how they were found on his phone. However, the weight of evidence against him ultimately led to his guilty plea. Internet crimes such as these are far from victimless and every image depicts the very real abuse a young child has suffered. We will do everything within our power to protect victims who are subjected to these potentially life changing acts of indecency purely for the gratification of others.”

Welham must also take part in a rehabilitation activity programme and has also been given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years. He must also pay costs totalling £460.

1. Category A – deemed the most severe

2. Category B – the mid-range in terms of seriousness

3. Category C – the least severe