April 2009

Sixteen month sentence for Maidstone paedophile

Paedophile Mark Middleton has been jailed for 16 months after being caught with more than 125,000 indecent images of children – one of the biggest hauls ever recovered by Kent police.

Middleton, 52, of Hunton, near Maidstone, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court today, Yourmaidstone reports.

He had previously pleaded guilty to eight offences of making and possessing indecent images of children.

Detective Sergeant Dave Shipley said: “This is one of the largest recoveries of child abuse images by Kent police.  Every image represents a child being subject to sexual abuse.

“Kent police will always work hard to bring to justice those offenders that encourage child abuse by creating a market for the images.”

A warrant was executed at Middleton’s home in November 2005 during which officers seized hundreds of items of computer equipment that he used to store images and movies.

Middleton was found with 125,397 indecent images of children. 

Images are ranged between levels one to five – level five being the most serious.

He was found with 119,070 images at level one, 3,609 at level two, 968 at level three, 1,058 at level four and 692 at level five.

The judge placed Middleton on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and disqualified him from working with children.