Britain jails 'biggest collector of child porn'

4th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British court Thursday jailed a paedophile described by police as the country's most prolific collector of child abuse images after he was caught with more than 300,000 indecent pictures.

Father-of-two Daniel Taylor, 31, from Leeds, northern England, was handed an indeterminate jail term after pleading guilty to 27 charges, including making and possessing indecent images and sexually assaulting a baby.

None of the charges relate to his own children.

Police who searched his property found an instruction video for paedophiles and a covert camera disguised as a cigarette lighter capable of capturing and storing video.

London's Metropolitan Police, who first raised suspicions that Taylor might be a paedophile after monitoring his online activity, described him as Britain's most prolific collector of indecent child images.

Passing sentence at Bradford Crown Court in northern England, judge Rodney Grant handed Taylor an indeterminate sentence with a minimum jail term of three years, minus time already spent in custody.

"Fortunately it is a rare occurrence that a court has to deal with a case such as this involving such a huge volume of child pornography and the sexual abuse of a very young child," said Grant.

Taylor stored the images on a laptop computer, hard drives, phones and memory sticks, the court heard.

Under the indeterminate sentencing system, a minimum jail term is handed down but the convicted individual must satisfy authorities that he or she is ready for release and is no longer a risk before being freed.

© 2011 AFP

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