A man from Cambridge who was caught with thousands of indecent images of children has been sentenced.
Brandon Lynch, 21, was at his home in Mill Road on 24 May 2019, when officers conducted a warrant after receiving intelligence that illegal content was being downloaded from the property.
When officers searched his home they seized five electrical items and seven mobile phones.
Analysis of the devices revealed 15,260 indecent images and videos of children. Of these, 4,528 were category A – the most severe. In addition, a further 456 images or videos were identified that were classed as either prohibited, extreme or were indicative of a sexual interest in children.
A 170-page ‘paedophile manual’ was also found on an external hard drive belonging to Lynch.
He was voluntarily interviewed about the content, but replied “no comment” to all questions.
Lynch was charged and later admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, possessing a prohibited image of a child, possessing a paedophile manual and three counts of possessing extreme pornographic images.
He was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court, suspended for two years. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and ordered to complete 50 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.
DC Scott Bowden said: “The content discovered on Lynch’s devices was both disturbing and utterly disgraceful.
“The images and videos depicted some of the most vulnerable in our society being subjected to horrendous abuse."
Anyone concerned someone may have been convicted of a sex offence, and could be posing a risk to a child, can apply for disclosure information through Sarah’s Law.