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21-year-old Cambridge man caught with ‘paedophile manual’ and 15,000 indecent images of children

A 21-year-old man from Cambridge caught with a disturbing haul of indecent images of children and an extensive ‘paedophile manual’ has been sentenced.

Police officers armed with a warrant raided Brandon Lynch’s home in Mill Road on May 24, 2019 after receiving intelligence that illegal content was being downloaded from the property.

Cambridge Crown Court
Cambridge Crown Court

They seized five electrical items and seven mobile phones - and what they found shocked them.

There were 15,260 indecent images and videos of children on the devices, including 4,528 classed as category A – the most severe.

A further 456 images or videos were identified that were classed as either prohibited, extreme or indicative of a sexual interest in children.

And they found a 170-page ‘paedophile manual’ on Lynch’s external hard drive.

When voluntarily interviewed about the content, he replied “no comment” to all questions.

He 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.

At Cambridge Crown Court today (January 13), he was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and ordered to complete 50 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

Det Con 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.

“I’m pleased his behaviour was uncovered and he has appeared before the courts for his crimes.

“Sexual Harm Prevention Orders allow officers to conduct regular unannounced checks to ensure people are not breaching the stipulations, which include restricting use of the internet and access to electronic devices.”

Anyone who is 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.

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