10,000+ indecent images and videos, mostly child sexual abuse and people having sex with animals – gets man suspended sentence

The list of indecent images and videos in John Stoddart’s collection was extensive – mostly child sexual abuse and bestiality. Here’s the list of what he admitted to and what he was found guilty of

Mug shot of John STODDART

John Stoddart of Ventnor, Isle of Wight, has received an eight-month jail sentence – suspended for two years – after admitting ten charges relating to the making and possessing of indecent images and videos of child sexual abuse.

In June 2018, officers from the National Crime Agency spent around ten hours searching the 65-year-old’s flat in Madeira Road, Ventnor. What followed was a two-year investigation into Stoddart’s activities.

Stoddart: NCA “just fancied a day out at the seaside”
Following the 2018 raid, neighbours say Stoddart told them it was ‘all about nothing’ and that ‘they [NCA] just fancied a day out at the seaside’.

He was arrested the same month, after NCA officers were able to prove he’d made child sex abuse files available on an online sharing platform. He admitted the charges over a month ago at Newport Magistrates Court.

Over 7,000 indecent images
The NCA say Stoddart made in excess of 500 indecent images of children; 149 fell into the most severe category (A) for child sexual abuse.

They added that that forensic analysis of Stoddart’s digital devices found 7,256 indecent images and 754 videos from as early as 2004.

An additional 3,000 images related to bestiality – namely a human performing intercourse with a live or dead animal.

NCA notice in car

Files containing the words ‘Pedoland’, ‘Preteen’ and ‘Lolita’ were located and attributed to Stoddart’s IP address and user profile.

However, it wasn’t just the videos and photos of child sexual abuse that was found. The NCA say Stoddart was a fan of visual stories featuring erotic encounters with adults, children and animals. He is known locally as an online gamer.

Charges admitted to
The ten charges that Stoddart admitted to, were that he:

  • Made 103 category A indecent videos of children
  • Made 46 category A indecent images of children
  • Made 30 category B indecent videos of children
  • Made 56 category B indecent images of children
  • Made 4 category C indecent videos of children
  • Made 287 category C indecent images of children
  • Possessed 487 videos of extreme pornography, namely a human performing intercourse with a live or dead animal
  • Possessed 2,451 images of extreme pornography, namely a human performing intercourse with a live or dead animal
  • Possessed 64 prohibited images of children
  • Possessed 2,621 prohibited still images of children

See the CPS Website for definitions of what ‘making’ and ‘possessing’ mean.

Matthews: Sexual exploitation of children
Martin Matthews, NCA operations manager, said,

“Over decades Stoddart had made and amassed a vast collection of imagery that was both obscene and involved the sexual exploitation of children.

“He took pleasure in experiencing a virtual world online that involved violence and sexual abuse. Stopping this before it ever became a reality was paramount to our officers.

“Protecting children remains a top priority for the NCA and we won’t stop in our pursuit of those individuals who pose a threat.”

Indefinite sexual harm prevention order
As part of his sentencing at Newport Crown Court yesterday (Friday 14th August) Stoddart was also put on the sex offenders register for ten years, given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order limiting his use of the Internet, ordered to attend a 35-day rehabilitation programme and told his electronic devices will be destroyed.

Limiting use of the Internet generally means the person may be able to access the Internet, but only via computer or device that is monitored by law enforcement.

Saturday, 15th August, 2020 5:07pm

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9 Comments on "10,000+ indecent images and videos, mostly child sexual abuse and people having sex with animals – gets man suspended sentence"

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Tamara
I am very surprised that with that catalogue of offences over many years, and especially so many Category A offences for making child pornographic videos, that this man was not given a lengthy prison sentence. Perhaps because he agreed to attend a rehabilitation programme, they gave him the suspended sentence instead? Perhaps they know of a rehabilitation centre that has better results than the prison programmes in… Read more »
cers121

Totally disgraceful letting him off like this !! He should be hung drawn & quartered but at least Locked Up for Life ! Its just unbelievable !!

uosf9

I’d suspend it’s sentance-at the end of a rope.

Benny C
I don’t understand why judges can’t think ahead and predict how these sentences look disrespectful to the community in the absence of the full facts surrounding their decision. It promotes disbelief, a wider lack of trust and it undermines the judiciary (and the police for that matter) at a time when the opposite is badly needed. Judges, please show us you live in our world, not an… Read more »
jon101

quote “The NCA say Stoddart made in excess of 500 indecent images of children; 149 fell into the most severe category (A) for child sexual abuse.”
I feel for the Police, a suspended sentence, and to think what the Police investigators had to go through, it does indeed make a mockery of the Police efforts.

Mark L Francis
My understanding is that “making an image” refers to downloading rather than uploading and that a video consists of 24 still images each second. The viewers should be punished for creating the market, but the main culprits are those who actually produce this content. It appears that the “watchers” – like Stoddart – are actually quite low risk for “contact offences” and that such crimes have decreased… Read more »
vicky

This man should be serving a lengthy jail term. Each one of those images was a child’s childhood and life being destroyed so that people like this can fuel their perversions. When does masturbating not be enough?

melting

It makes me weep,truly.I feel he ought to be in prison-but Francis makes a good point-the scum who make the videos should be caught and punished.

jon101

SICK