Pervert admits possessing more than 1,000 indecent photos of children

Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A PERVERT has admitted a string of offences relating to over 1,000 indecent images of children.

John Sumner appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to 19 charges of making indecent photographs and pseudo photographs of children between September 24, 2002, and February 2, 2004.

The 55-year-old also admitted a further four charges of possessing indecent photographs and pseudo photographs of children – totalling 1,080 images.

Those four charges relate to April 11 this year.

Chairman of the bench of magistrates Esther Blakey sent the case to be dealt with by a judge at Teesside Crown Court where Sumner will be sentenced.

The defendant, who lives in Sheriff Street, in the town centre area of Hartlepool, was released by justices on bail.

A date and time for the sentencing hearing at the crown court in Middlesbrough has yet to be fixed.