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Man in possession of tens of thousands of indecent images jailed

A man who was found in possession of more 30,000 indecent images of children has been jailed.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

David Atha, 42, from Pontefract was sentenced to four years and two months in custody at Leeds Crown Court today.

He had pleaded guilty to indecent image offences, and being in breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order at an earlier magistrates court hearing.

Atha was arrested following a search of his Pontefract home on May 31 by officers from the Wakefield Police Abusive Images Unit.

Police say images found on electronic devices at his home included those of the most serious Category A type.

He was charged within 24 hours and then remanded in custody to go through the court process.

“We welcome the sentencing of Atha at court today for the possession of what were clearly huge quantities of indecent images, some of which were of the most serious in nature. “The sentence he has received also reflects his breach of a previous sexual prevention order and demonstrates that those who violate such orders can expect to end up behind bars."

– DC Claire Forder of the Wakefield Abusive Images Unit

"Atha was arrested following a fast moving, proactive investigation by Wakefield abusive images officers.

“The fact that he has been jailed within less than a month of officers executing a warrant at his home also demonstrates how seriously the justice system takes these offences and the breach of orders put in place to protect the public.”

– Detective Inspector Jordan Piper of Wakefield District Child Safeguarding