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A pedophile extradited from Thailand to Britain has been jailed for three years for accessing more than 11,000 indecent images of children.
David Charles Taylor (66), formerly of Worthington Lane, Breedon on the Hill, jumped police bail after being caught with 7,556 images on his computer in 1998.
He wrote to the police saying he had left the country due to “stress” and denied being in a pedophile ring.
Having fled to Thailand, he continued accessing child pornography, downloading a further 3,792 images.
An international arrest warrant was issued but attempts to find him proved fruitless, until he was captured in a Thai post office on December 19.
Taylor spent three months in a Thai prison, before being returned to Britain in March.
At Leicester Crown Court yesterday, Taylor was told he will be on a sex offender register for life and was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order restricting his future computer use and banning him from any activity likely to bring him into contact with anyone under 18.
Keith Raynor, prosecuting, said in 1998 police launched Operation Olympic to investigate a pornography distribution company.
Officers visited Taylor’s rented home.
When he realized the police were outside, Taylor tried to destroy a computer by stamping on it, but was unsuccessful.
Mr Raynor said: “There was evidence of a child pornography business being operated by the defendant.”
They initially found 200 images of extreme pornography, 100 discs containing other indecent images, a customers’ address list and a catalogue.
He was granted police bail on October 14, 1998. Taylor, who had no previous convictions, gave the police a bogus e-mail address.
Helen Johnson, mitigating, said: “He realizes he should have stayed and faced the music.
“He chose to go to Thailand and accepts he continued to offend while there.
“The pre-sentence report states he’s lacking in victim awareness and he’s someone who could do with help.
“He says he’s willing to change his ways.”
At an earlier hearing, Taylor pleaded guilty to 45 counts of making indecent images between July 1997 and 1998.
They related to 3,954 images at level one, 465 images at level two, 1,332 at level three, 1,658 at level four and 147 in the most serious category, level five
He asked for five similar offences to be considered relating to his activities in Thailand, between July 2007 and December last year.
They amounted to 3,000 images at level one, 156 at level two, 231 at level three, 301 at level four and 104 at level five.