Carlisle man uploaded thousands of child abuse images

A CARLISLE man recently diagnosed with a mental health condition has been placed on the sex offender registry after admitting charges related to uploading thousands of child abuse images.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Oliver Owen, 25, pleaded guilty to six offences, all involving indecent imagery. The defendant, of Bowman Street, Carlisle, admitted the following charges:

· That on September 7, 2020, he distributed indecent images of category C children.

· That between March 17, 2019 and October 23, 2020, he uploaded 1,081 images of indecent children, classified as category A, the most serious.

A similar offence, involving 640 Category B child abuse images.

· And another similar offence, involving 3,958 indecent images of Category C children.

· Own 240 forbidden images of children.

· And possessing extreme pornography that was “grossly offensive” and featured animals.

No details of the offense were revealed when Owen appeared at Carlisle Crown Court, but his solicitor, Judith McCullough, confirmed he had recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

“It is something that can have an impact, both in terms of offenses and, ultimately, in terms of the resolution of this case,” the lawyer said.

She asked that background reports be prepared before sentencing, including that of a “prominent” psychologist.

Miss McCullough added: ‘The defendant himself has taken steps to seek help and it is clear that these proceedings are weighing heavily on him.’

She said Owen, whose family was in court to support him, understood that his sentence should include “the most favorable package available to the court”.

Recorder Ian Unsworth QC told the defendant, of Bowman Street, Carlisle, he must co-operate with those preparing the reports, noting it was essential the psychologist assessed him before sentencing.

The judge also noted that it was important for the court to have “all sentencing options” available to it.

Adjourning the case until August 26, Recorder Unsworth told Owen that his name would now be placed on the sex offender registry. How long he stays there will depend on his ultimate sentence.

The Recorder granted bail to the accused until his sentence is heard.

The Lucy Faithful Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse and operates a hotline for those who fear being drawn into abuse-related offenses or who know someone else who may be at risk.

The charity runs the Stop It Now! helpline, an anonymous and confidential service available to anyone concerned about child sexual abuse, including:

* adults concerned about the behavior of other adults or children and young people

* those concerned about their own sexual thoughts or behaviors towards children, including * those concerned about their behavior online

* friends and relatives of people arrested for sexual offenses, including on the Internet

* any other adult concerned about child sexual abuse – including survivors and professionals.

The helpline number is 0808 1000 900.

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