A MAN who has admitted possessing indecent photographs of children could still be sent to jail for the crime.

Gary Sanders admitted four counts when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Monday, (June 20).

The 43-year-old - who was given a suspended jail sentence in 2017 for similar offending - pleaded guilty when the indictment was read out to him.

Sanders admitted making 15 category A images, the worst level identified within the sentencing guidelines, between May 21, 2016, and December 7, 2021. 

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Sanders, of Corbett Avenue, Droitwich, also admitted making 27 category B images and 205 category C images, between the same dates.

In addition Sanders also pleaded guilty to possessing 13 prohibited images of a child on December 7, 2021.

The images were found by police on a Samsung mobile phone.

Andrew Davidson, defending Sanders, asked for an adjournment of the case for a pre-sentence report.

He said: “Probation can assess whether he is suitable for a programme.”

Judge Martin Jackson said he would adjourn for the report to be carried out, but stressed “all options” would be open to the sentencing judge - including custody.

The judge queried the dates of the offending as he pointed out that Sanders was given a year's prison sentence, suspended for two years, in 2017.

In that case, covered by the Worcester News, Sanders had been found guilty of having 195 images of children at category A, 360 at category B and 684 at category C.

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Mr Davidson said the latest offending took place in 2019 and did not breach the suspended sentence.

Gary Sanders will continue to sign sex offenders register after latest offending

 

Sanders was told he must attend his sentencing hearing on August 19.

Sanders, a former site caretaker who previously lived in Tolladine Road, Worcester, was given bail but with conditions not to have any contact with anyone under the age of 18, unless with the permission of social services or which was unavoidable in everyday life.

Judge Jackson told Sanders if he broke his bail conditions he could be committing an offence which could also lead to a custodial sentence.

The judge added Sanders should register his details with the police as he will continue to sign the sex offenders register.