Man sentenced after largest ever haul of indecent images
A man has been sentenced after being found in possession of the largest haul of indecent images ever recovered by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Robert James Barrow, 57, from E13, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court following an investigation which saw detectives from the Met’s Paedophile Unit discover in the region of one million images of children at his east London address.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, Paedophile Unit, said: “The seizure of images from Barrow is the largest ever seen by my unit in relation to one individual. His activities were on an industrial scale. To put his collection in perspective, it would take 347 days to view the entire collection – allowing 30 seconds per image with no breaks.
“Possession of indecent images of children is not a victimless crime as each image possessed or distributed represents a child that has been sexually abused in order that the image can exist. The circulation of those images around the internet magnifies that abuse.”
According to the Met, the photographs found in Barrow’s possession included some deemed to be of the most serious nature; those categorised as being Level 5. He is understood to have amassed the collection from a range of sources over a period of 15 years. Detectives believe he used the pictures for his own gratification as well as sharing them with other like-minded individuals.
He was arrested after admitting to officers that he had images stored on his PC before they had even looked at his machine.
Barrow was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years, ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years and issued with a three-month curfew. A sexual offences prevention order was also granted.