Southampton man jailed for possessing 47,000 indecent images of children

A HAMPSHIRE man has been jailed for 14 months for possessing thousands of indecent photos of children.

By Hollie Busby
Friday, 17th June 2022, 9:13 pm

William McDowall from Shirley Road, Southampton appeared at Southampton Crown Court today (June 17) after previously pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child, possessing a prohibited image of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images portraying sexual acts on an animal.

The 57-year-old possessed more than 47,000 indecent images of children.

McDowall has been jailed for 14 months and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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William McDowall has been jailed for 14 months for possessing thousands of indecent photos of children

He was also ordered to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Officers arrested McDowall on July 30 2021 at his home address and seized several items, including two laptops and a hard drive.

Forensic examinations revealed he had 47,517 indecent images stored across these three devices from March 2012 to July 2021.

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Of these images 9,294 were Category A, the most serious, which depicted babies, toddlers and teenagers being abused.

There were also a handful of images which depicted acts of bestiality.

In his police interview, McDowall admitted he had been viewing indecent images online for 20 years and described himself as a ‘lurker’.

PC Sarah Tickner from the Internet Child Abuse Team led the investigation.

She said: ‘McDowall had an extremely large collection of indecent images and some children depicted were as young as 12 months old.

‘While he showed remorse for his actions, he clearly poses a risk to children and I am glad to see he is behind bars. He will also have very strict conditions imposed upon him when he is released from prison.’