July 2023

Dylan Ansell guilty of distributing indecent images of children

A pervert has been locked-up for making and distributing indecent images of children and stalking.

Dylan Paul Ansell, 18, appeared at York Crown Court and was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institute for making and distributing indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography and a prohibited image.

He was also handed a 10-year sexual harm order, ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and given a five-year restraining order.

Ansell, now of Camping Close, Haddenham, Ely, formerly of Harrogate, answered no comment when first interviewed regarding the allegations and content found on devices seized from his address on Friday, August 20, 2021.

But during a trial at York Crown Court he later pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent photographs of children, three counts of distributing indecent photographs of children, one count of possessing extreme pornography and one count of possession of a prohibited image.

Ansell also pleaded guilty to stalking, using false social media accounts to repeatedly target a victim, which police said has had a lasting impact on their day-to-day activities.

The devices seized from Ansell’s home were found to contain hundreds of illegal images and videos – including category A indecent images of children, prohibited images of children between the ages of three and 17 years, as well as extreme pornography.

Ansell also manipulated photos of children that he knew and shared them with others online, without their knowledge, for sexualised purposes. He was also actively involved in an online network that created and shared indecent images of children.