Wife exposes man’s child porn crimes

A MAN who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children was found out after his wife discovered the pictures and called the police.

David Ernest Lightfoot, 58, of Aberdeen Walk, admitted 23 separate charges relating to the downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Lightfoot was found to have had more than 3,000 indecent images of children on equipment, including a laptop and CDs, which police seized in August.

After he was arrested, he told police he had downloaded the images because he was unhappy in his relationship and had left the pictures for his wife to discover.

Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said: “The position is that David Lightfoot’s wife was using the laptop. She came across a folder titled adult.”

After discovering pornography, which depicted children aged between six and 10, Lightfoot’s wife called the police before she confronted her husband.

“He suggested he had downloaded the pictures because he was bored and drunk,” Mr Ovenden said.

“He made various threats to her about his life unless she called the police off.”

In a police interview, Lightfoot accepted that he had downloaded the images but claimed he had not viewed them often, before saying he had wanted his wife to find them.

A forensic police examination of equipment belonging to Lightfoot revealed the extent of his crimes.

More than 3,000 indecent images were discovered, including pictures which were classed in the top level of the copine scale, which is used to categorise the severity of child pornography.

Mr Ovenden added: “Given the large number of images and the levels recorded I know not whether this court can maintain jurisdiction.”

Lawrence Watts, who represented Lightfoot, said he did not have any representations as to whether his client was sentenced at the magistrates’ court or crown court, where powers of punishment are higher.

When asked to enter his pleas, Lightfoot, who had no previous convictions, said: “I’ve always wanted to plead guilty from the start to everything.”

The case was sent to York Crown Court for a sentencing hearing on January 6.