A 34-year-old Cheltenham man who downloaded indecent images of children has been spared an immediate prison sentence by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court.
Prosecutor Neil Treharne told the court on Friday (May 20) that on December 8, 2021 police executed a warrant at Denny Lakenvelder’s home in Wordsworth Avenue, Cheltenham.
It followed officers receiving information from the National Crime Agency that a device at the property had downloaded illegal images.
“The Agency stated that on that numerous occasions during October last year Lakenvelder had downloaded indecent images of children from the Kik social media site,” said Mr Treharne. “When police arrived at the address they seized a mobile phone and sent this off for analysis.
“The results revealed that it contained images of the most serious kind, known as category A, featuring children as young as one year old up to pre-pubescent boys and girls being raped or tortured.
There were over 100 additional indecent images in categories B and C.”
In his police interview Lakenvelder admitted he had downloaded images of very young children.
Lakenvelder admitted three offences of making indecent images of children – 56 category A images, 67 category B images and 40 category C images.
Judge Advocate Alastair McGrigor told Lakenvelder: “You have indulged in possessing indecent images of children. This offence crosses the custody threshold.
The judge sentenced Lakenvelder to a prison term of six months, suspended for two years
He ordered him to attend 20 programme sessions and 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days
He was also told to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work.
The judge imposed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order on Lakenvelder to limit his use of the internet and placed Lakenvelder on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.