Porn shame for Tivvy man, 28
A TIVERTON man will be sentenced for a string of offences relating to child and animal porn next month.
Police raided the Popham Close home of Matthew Clark, 28, and found more than 4,000 indecent images on his computer.
Clark, wearing a black suit, spoke only to confirm his name, address and enter a guilty plea to a total of 29 offences relating to making, distributing and possessing photographs of underage children at Exeter Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Prosecutors told the court: "The circumstances are that from inquiries computer searches had been made for different descriptions, including pre-teen boys and bestiality paedo."
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Clark's property was raided by police on November 28, last year, following a tip-off by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, an agency which tackles child sex abuse across the UK, that a certain internet address had been "searching for particular items."
Police found 2,535 images and three movies classified at level one, 492 images and 17 movies at level two, 328 images and eight movies at level three, 694 images and 52 movies at level four and 15 images and five movies of the most severe level five.
Many were saved on internet storage areas or distributed to others via sharing sites.
Some images found were classified as "extreme porn", the court heard.
The prosecution added: "A warrant was executed on November 29. Police attended and he was present and officers explained to him why they were there and his comment as soon as that was put to him was: 'that will be me'.
"Equipment was seized and what transpired from that were these images that were found."
Clark was said to have been "quite frank" when interviewed by police who described him as being fully co-operative with no previous convictions.
He has been released on conditional bail not to contact under-16s, unless supervised, and will appear at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday, September 12.