Man admits owning 19,000 indecent images of children

Graham Coppack was up in court at Bury Magistrates Court
Graham Coppack was up in court at Bury Magistrates Court
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A man has pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children and possessing more than 19,000 prohibited ‘cartoon’ pictures of children.

Graham Coppack, 56, of York Way, Thetford, pleaded guilty to six charges of making indecent photographs of a child, one of possession of an indecent photograph of a child and one of possession of a prohibited image of a child at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Coppack’s house was searched by police on July 16 after they received reports that he had been taking pictures of young children in public, according to Colette Griffiths, prosecuting.

The search revealed ‘numerous’ images on a computer, mobile phone and camera.

Further analysis by officers showed Coppack had downloaded more than 19,000 indecent ‘cartoon’ images rated as Level One - Level Five is the most severe rating.

A ‘small number’ of images were rated as Level Two, according to Mrs Griffiths.

She said there was no indication that Coppack had distributed the images.

Malcolm Plummer, in mitigation, said Coppack had knowingly downloaded the images, but had not intended to in such quantity.

He said that when police had turned up, Coppack had been in the process of deleting the pictures.

He had erased 200 from his computer by their arrival, which were later retrieved by officers.

Mr Plummer said Coppack had been ‘very helpful’ in interview and provided police with ‘a lot of information’.

Magistrate Stuart Roy asked for probation to prepare reports on Coppack before he returns to court on January 7.