This is James Cole, 39 from Exeter – Last year this already convicted paedophile walked FREE from court after being caught with over 2 MILLION indecent images of children in his possession.
James Cole walks around the Riverside area of Exeter and Exeter St David’s train station with his dogs, where there are families with young children, nobody knows who he is, people talk to him and pay special attention to his dogs – if only they knew
The court heard in his 2013 court appearance that the former factory worker had devoted his entire life to seeking out images of young boys.
In 2013 police found four different computers and were able to calculate the number of images at around two million.
Cole has a previous conviction from Plymouth Crown Court in 2000 for importing and possessing similar material. On that occasion he received three years probation.
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Cole currently holds the vile record of the biggest collection of indecent images of children ever found in the possession of one person in UK history
Exeter recluse amassed 2 million child abuse images – Walks FREE from court
A recluse who spent ten years at home feeding his obsession with internet pornography was found with two million images of child abuse.
James Cole started compiling his massive collection of photographs and movies within months of finishing a sex offenders’ course.
He was only caught because he linked up with a paedophile ring which was being monitored in a nationwide police operation, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Former factory worker Cole, aged 39, slipped into a cycle of depression which led him to stay inside his Exeter home and devote his entire life to seeking out images of young boys.
Police found four different computers and were able to calculate the number of images as around two million. They analysed just 2,500 in detail because it would have 150 days work to sift through the entire collection.
Cole, of Bonhay Road, Exeter, admitted nine offences of making or possessing indecent or prohibited images of children.
He has a previous conviction from Plymouth Crown Court in 2000 for importing and possessing similar material. On that occasion he received three years probation.
He was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years and ordered to undertake the Internet Sex Offenders’ Treatment Programme. He was also made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which allows police to monitor his computer and bans contact with children.
Judge Erik Salomonsen told this represented the best way of protecting the public, despite a similar course in 2000 failing to curb his activities.
He said:”This man seems to be a recluse who shut himself away for ten years looking at these extremely unhealthy images. This is not a victimless crime because children are abused to create these images.
“He had more than two million images and has become absolutely obsessed with them. If is sent him to prison he would come out without any work being done.
“My instinct is that prison is undoubtedly the right place for him but the public interest is best served by undertaking the treatment programme.”
Mr Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said Cole was identified after he paid £12 to a man in the Midlands who was being monitored by police for a disk of indecent images.
Officers uncovered his previous conviction and raided his home after realising he was a registered sex offender.
Mr Brunton said:”The computer equipment was examined and a vast number of images were found, around two million. There were photographs, graphics, drawings, and movies.
“The vast majority were still photographs but is accepted many were duplicates on different hard drives. There were hundreds of thousands on four different pieces of equipment.
“All the material was very similar and to have analysed it in full the officers would have had to take 150 days to go through it all.”
He said the amount of material was so great police had taken a sample of 2,560 images and found that 613 were in the two worst categories, showing boys being abused by adults or acts of sadism.
Of the 184 movies sampled, 96 came into the same groupings and the images were downloaded of almost ten years from January 2003 to July 2012.
Almost all the images were of boys and search terms included ‘nude pre-teen boys’.
Mr Malcolm Galloway, defending, said the original treatment programme had stopped him offending for its duration and techniques developed in the intervening decade meant that the current programme is more focussed and effective.
He said:”The pre-sentence report shows him to be a lonely individual who used the internet to rebound from depression but then entered a cycle in which he felt extreme self loathing which fed into his depression and led him to seek more images.
“His problem is deep seated and needs to be addressed. He is not a risk to children at the moment but the probation service are concerned about what comes next.”