July 2022

Clacton man had sick child abuse images on devices found at his home

A man who downloaded “appalling” child abuse images from the dark web for his own sexual gratification said he was “petrified” of people finding out about his sick crimes.

McDonald’s manager Jamie McDougall was 18 years old when police raided his home address.

Officers acted after receiving information devices which had been used to access indecent images of children.

They seized a mobile phone and two computers belonging to McDougall, now aged 20, finding more than 200 child images.

In total, 107 images at the most serious Category A were found, alongside 69 at Category B and 76 at Category C.

Police also found 14 extreme pornographic images, some depicting bestiality.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, sentencing judge Mary Loram QC said: “As ever, the descriptions of images in Category A should appal anyone reading them.

“But they appear not to have appalled you.”

She said McDougall had downloaded and stored the images “for his own sexual gratification”.

“You create a market for child abuse,” she said.

McDougall, of Smythe Close, Clacton, admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of possessing extreme pornographic images.

The offender was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with conditions to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He will be subject to a five year sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offender’s register for ten years.