Northumberland taekwondo instructor found with child abuse images stored at home

A former taekwondo instructor who was found with a number of child abuse images stored on his electronic devices has kept his freedom.A former taekwondo instructor who was found with a number of child abuse images stored on his electronic devices has kept his freedom.
A former taekwondo instructor who was found with a number of child abuse images stored on his electronic devices has kept his freedom.
The man said his habit "spiralled" in lockdown.

A former taekwondo instructor who was found with a number of child abuse images stored on his electronic devices has kept his freedom.

Ross Gill said his habit "spiralled" in lockdown after his illegal activity eventually led police to raiding the 22-year-old's home address in October 2022.

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Emma Hughes, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court that officers acted upon intelligence and seized a computer tower, a Samsung phone, and an Acer laptop from the property.

Ms Hughes confirmed that 22 category A still or moving images were found alongside 21 in category B and 17 in category C.

After his arrest, Gill confirmed only he had access to the devices and he told officers he had joined a chat group who discussed indecent images when he was just 14.

He said he then left the group, but re-joined during Covid and the problem spiralled.

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He denied having a sexual interest in youngsters, but later admitted three counts of making indecent photographs of children.

The court heard he accessed the images between the end of February 2021 and the end of March 2021.

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Penny Hall, defending Gill, of Union Park Road, Tweedmouth, Northumberland, told the court a suspended sentence could be imposed.

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It was also heard he had since taken part in a Safer Lives course, aimed at helping make sex offenders make positive changes.

Judge Robert Adams acknowledged Gill used to be an instructor in taekwondo but was no longer able to participate due to the conviction.

He sentenced him to six months suspended for two years.

Gill was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and must sign the sex offender's register, both for seven years.