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Posted on Wednesday 29 June 2022
Detectives worked around the clock to put a sex offender before the courts last week.

DCs Pat Finn and Christine Ibinson leapt into action when they received information suggesting the 19-year-old had been downloading indecent images and videos of children.

A search of his home in Darlington uncovered two mobile phones and USB sticks that were seized and then examined by the force’s specialist Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) Team.

On it, they found 141 indecent images and videos of children, of which 90 were in the most severe category.

After a 17-hour intense investigation to race against the custody clock, the man was charged with three counts of possessing indecent images of a child, three counts of distributing incident images of a child, two counts of breaching the Sex Offenders’ Register and one count of breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Thanks to the thorough work, the suspect admitted that he had accessed indecent material via a ‘dark web’ browser and engaged with paedophile forums online, where indecent images would be shared.

He was remanded into custody and appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on June 24 where he pleaded guilty to all nine offences.

He is due to appear for sentencing at Teesside Crown Court on July 22.

Sergeant Simon Peele said: “Durham Constabulary takes a robust approach when dealing with dangerous offenders in our community.

“Officers responded to information that a man had committed a number of concerning online offences and both officers and our DII Team worked tirelessly to secure nine charges and have the offender remanded into custody.

“Our officers and staff are always dedicated to keeping people safe and we will continue to take robust action against those who cause harm in our community and look to bring them to justice.”

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