August 2022

Sunderland paedophile found with hoard of sickening abuse images of children as young as three

A paedophile was found with a hoard of sickening indecent images of children – some of which were as young as three years old.

Scott Broadbent was found with over 1,300 indecent images and videos, as well as over 2,000 prohibited images, and extreme pornography involving animals.

The 37-year-old was caught after police raided his home and he admitted he’d been downloading the illegal material.

Former Nissan worker, Broadbent, of Philip Square, Plains Farm, Sunderland, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday to be sentenced for three counts of making indecent images, possession of extreme porn, and possession of a prohibited image of a child. He had pleaded guilty to the charges at a previous hearing.

The court heard that police executed a warrant at Broadbent’s home address on September 25, 2019 and searched his bedroom before he told them: “I’ve downloaded some stuff, I know I shouldn’t have deleted it all.”

He then directed them to a computer monitor and a number of electronic devices were seized, including laptops, phones and storage devices.

On three devices, a total of 711 category A videos and 37 images were found, along with 212 category B videos and 55 images, and 101 category C videos and 247 images.

A total of 2,011 prohibited images and three videos were also discovered, as well as 212 extreme porn videos and 212 images.

The court heard that four devices contained “searches and key works” relating to indecent images and one device contained peer-to-peer file sharing.

The ages of the children depicted in the indecent material were between the ages of three and 16, the court heard.

Judge Adams, sentencing Broadbent, said the fact that he had downloaded a “large number of videos” aggravated the offence

Broadbent was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years and must complete 40 rehabilitation days and 100 hours unpaid work.

He will be on the sex offender’s register for 10 years and a 10 year sexual harm prevention order was made.