Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Scoutmaster Had Child Porn on PC'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Scoutmaster Had Child Porn on PC'

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Police found more than 1,000 Internet porn images of children in a former scoutmaster's home, a court was told.

Officers with search warrants seized the two personal computers of Kelvin David Marshall, 33, acting on information from the American FBI, investigating a website based in Fort Worth, Texas.

They recovered 1,086 indecent images of children from floppy disks, CDs and hard-drives, and charged Marshall with making them over a five-year period.

Police estimate that some of the children were as young as five, but Marshall claimed that others were over 16, said prosecutor John Gillette.

Marshall from Eaglescliffe claimed he was only interested in adult pornography, but some were advertised as "As young as it gets" and "Lolita".

Mr Gillette told the jury before they were shown the evidence on a large screen: "These images you may find disturbing.

"One thing you may have to decide is the age of the youngsters in these photographs, and we leave that to your judgement," Mr Gillette said. …

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