Preston paedophile Karl Robert's sentencing is delayed for a week

The sentencing of a Preston man who shared horrific images of child abuse with other offenders over an internet messaging network has been delayed.

Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 1:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 2:40 pm
Crown Court

Karl Ramon Roberts, of Harrington Street, Preston city centre, was caught by investigators after he downloaded indecent images of children and sent them to other paedophiles.

The 34-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to making a string of indecent images of children when he appeared before Preston’s Sessions House Court.

The offences are said to have taken place between September 2015 and January 2016.

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Police found he had downloaded several images onto a mobile phone.

The defendant admitted three counts of making indecent images.

Two of them were deemed category A, which is the most serious in law, with a further five images classified as category B and three other pictures deemed category C.

Officers also found Roberts had been using the Skype messenger network to send on some images during chats with other people.

He has pleaded guilty to distributing indecent images of children, as well as further charges of making and distributing images.

During the Lancashire police investigation downloads of similar images were also traced to his IP address - a unique number assigned to all devices (such as a computer, tablet, or phone) when they connect to the internet.

Roberts is now expected to be sentenced on Monday after his case was adjourned to allow him to find an appropriate adult - someone who supports people through the justice process if they are deemed mentally vulnerable.

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