Abuse images on work laptop leads to eight year jail term

17 March 2017

A bank employee from Manchester has been given a prison sentence after admitting a series of child abuse offences.

Andrew Dent (below right), 35, was arrested in October 2015 after his employers found indecent images of children on one of their computers.

They passed information on to the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command, who raided his home in Stuart Street, Clayton.

Investigators found Dent to be in possession of a number of extreme images and videos of child sexual abuse, which included him engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Computers belonging to his partner Brett Cuthbert, 21, were also seized and found to contain indecent images.

Dent later admitted 16 charges including sexual activity with a child and making, taking and possession indecent images of children.

Cuthbert pleaded guilty to five charges including making, possessing and distributing indecent images.

At Manchester Crown Court on Friday 17 March Dent was given an eight year sentence. Cuthbert will be sentenced on Wednesday 22 March.

Matthew Sutton, Operations Manager at the NCA’s CEOP Command, said:

“Andrew Dent was found with extreme images and films of child abuse, some of which he created himself. They were shocking even to officers who regularly investigate these crimes.

“Our priority is protecting children. The NCA is determined to identify individuals who create and share indecent images of children and ensure they are brought to justice.”

If you are a child or young person who is worried about something that has happened to you or a friend or you want advice about any of the issues highlighted in this investigation, you can get help and support by visiting the CEOP Safety Centre or ThinkuKnow.

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