Three years’ imprisonment has been imposed on a Sheppey man who was found in possession of more than 1,000 indecent images of children.
Michael Frost was already the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which meant his behaviour was closely monitored by Kent Police’s Violent and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR) Team, when he committed the offences.
As part of the regular checks, the officers became suspicious that Frost was accessing indecent materials online and detained him at his home address. Devices belonging to him were then found to contain 1,048 indecent images of children.
The 57-year-old, formerly from Minster-on-Sea, denied three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child but was found guilty following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court on Friday 5 November 2021.
Danger to public
Detective Sergeant Vicky Whitmill, from Kent Police, said: ‘Our ViSOR officers are based across the county and diligently monitor individuals who present a danger to the public. A particular focus is preventing offences taking place, supporting victims, and ensuring robust action is taken against those who seek to offend.
‘When we learned of Frost’s illegal activity, we took immediate action to detain him before a thorough review of evidence led to charges being authorised.
‘The investigating officer demonstrated tenacity and commitment to build this case and her outstanding work has led to a prison sentence being imposed against a man who has shown a remorseless and determined nature to access images of child abuse.
‘I additionally hope this case serves as a reminder that we will always use the full remit of our powers to keep people safe and take action against those responsible for causing harm.’