Daniel Cooper – Wallsend

December 2022

Wallsend pervert had vile sexual images of babies in his sick stash of child abuse photos

A vile pervert had vile sexual images of babies amongst his 1,500-strong sick collection of child sex abuse videos and pictures.

Daniel Cooper amassed the disturbing material over a period of 10 years on two mobiles phones and a laptop and also distributed some of it to other people online. 

Newcastle Crown Court was told that one of the deranged videos involved a distressed six-month-old baby and an adult male.

The “morbidly obese” 34-year-old’s sordid secret finally came to light when a friend asked to borrow his iPhone to use Snapchat and accidentally clicked on his camera roll, which revealed some of the images and videos.

He was arrested and forensic analysis of two of his phones and his laptop revealed he’d also distributed some of the pictures, prosecutors 

Cooper, of Atkinson Terrace, in Wallsend narrowly avoided a stint behind bars 

Giving him a 21-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Robert Adams said: “You satisfy the criteria for a suspended sentence.

Cooper was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the same period.

Cooper pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child, two of distributing them and one of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

The court heard that Cooper was with two female friends at an address when one asked to borrow his phone on March 23 last year. Omar Ahmad, prosecuting, continued: “She intended to access Snapchat but accidentally opened his camera roll and, in that, found indecent images and videos of children.

“She handed the phone back to the defendant without letting him know what she’d seen. [The friend] then informed [the other friend] and, the following day, she too asked to borrow the defendant’s phone and she also saw the images and videos on the phone.”

The court was told that the police were informed and Cooper was arrested at his home and his two phones and laptop were seized. In total, 467 category A items were found, including 91 videos, 560 category B, including 16 videos, and 556 category C, including four videos. One prohibited image was also discovered.

Mr Ahmad said they had been amassed over a 10-year period between 2010 and 2021 and involved youngsters between the ages of six months and 16 years old.

Further forensic analysis of the devices revealed Cooper had distributed 13 category A and 12 category C photos to others on social media platforms Kik, Google Hangout and Telegram.

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