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Yorkshire man found guilty of being in possession of over 100,000 child abuse images

Yorkshire man found guilty of being in possession of over 100,000 child abuse images

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 4:15pm 16th August 2019.

A male was found in possession of more than 100,000 child abuse images

  • A 47-year old man has sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.
  • Richard Turner was found guilty of a number of child sexual offences.
  • He has also been issued with an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Richard Turner pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to ten counts of child sexual offences including five counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, three charges of possessing indecent images of a child and two charges of taking indecent images of children.

Officers carried out a search of Turner’s former home in Catterick Garrison in May 2018 where they discovered over 100,000 child abuse images and the lower half of a child-like sex doll. Following this, Turner was arrested.

At the time of his arrest, Turner was working at a nursery after he left the army in 2012 after serving for 20 years. North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that Turner’s offences were not linked to any of the organisations he worked for.

North Yorkshire Police Detective Inspector Eamonn Clarke, said:

“Turner’s sentence reflects the severity of his offences which will impact on his victims for the rest of their lives, both those he has directly abused and those whose pictures he has held in his possession.

“Children’s safety is of the upmost importance and they should be protected at all times from those who want to abuse them. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure children are kept safe and I would urge anyone with concerns to contact the police or one of the many other agencies who can help.”

Turner was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on 12 August.