The PSNI welcomed the admission of a 53-year-old Derry man to child abuse charges at Coleraine Crown Court.
ether Anthony McGowan pleaded guilty to a total of ten charges, including sexual contact with a child and possession of indecent and forbidden images of children.
Inspector Richard Vasey of the Northern Ireland Children’s Internet Protection Team Police Service said McGowan’s online behavior had triggered intelligence systems to refer to police, which led officers to search his property.
“The search resulted in the seizure of a number of electronic devices for forensic examination, McGowan was arrested and later charged with child abuse crimes.
“Our message is clear, if someone is downloading, watching or making inappropriate images of children, you are leaving a digital footprint and we are actively looking for you. We will continue to do everything we can to keep children safe.
“We have expert officers within the Children’s Internet Protection Team who are committed to investigating these crimes, bringing those responsible to court, and ultimately protecting more vulnerable young people from unimaginable suffering.
“We will continue to proactively target those in our community who are contributing to this cycle of abuse, and I encourage anyone with concerns or information to contact us at 101 or 999 in an emergency. We will act on the information we receive.”