May 2022

Northamptonshire man put on sex offenders register after possessing more than 1,500 indecent images of children

A Northamptonshire man has been given a 36-month community order after being found in possession of 1,506 indecent images of children

James Marks, aged 36, of Arnull Crescent, Daventry, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday, May 10 after being charged with three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

The court heard that a warrant was executed on Marks’ home address on September 25, 2018 and a number of electronic devices were seized. Marks, who was at work at the time, attended the police station later that day, handed in a mobile phone and gave a no comment interview.

The seized electronic devices were analysed in March 2021 and a forensic report was produced in June 2021, the court heard.

Mr Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said: “It was clear he was using software to seek out indecent images of children. They are of a wide variety including the torture of extremely young infants.”

The court heard that Marks has previous convictions in 2004 and 2005, which Her Honour Judge Rebecca Crane deemed “minor”. Marks was additionally convicted for the unauthorised access of a computer in 2013.

Marks was given a community order of 36 months and ordered to undertake 30 rehabilitation requirement days as well as a six-month mental health treatment programme.

Marks will be placed on the sex offenders register for five years and he has been banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.

A five-year sexual harm prevention order was made and Judge Crane ordered for the deprivation of the electronics seized from Marks’ home.