Police have welcomed a plea of guilty by a 61-year-old man from the Newry area for possessing indecent and prohibited images of children and possessing extreme pornographic images.
Sean Kelly pleaded guilty at Newry Crown Court on Wednesday to a total of 18 offences involving 11 indecent images of children, 57 prohibited images of children and 1039 extreme pornographic images.
Sentencing is planned for July 6.
Detective Inspector Vasey from The Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Child Internet Protection Team said: “My team takes the exploitation and abuse of children extremely seriously.
“Possession of indecent images of this kind is child abuse. The redistribution of child images only feeds the demand and contributes to the exploitation of further victims.
“If a person is downloading, viewing or making indecent images of children, you are leaving a digital footprint and we are actively looking for you.
“We have specialist officers within the Child Internet Protection Team who are dedicated to investigating these crimes, bringing those responsible before the courts and ultimately protecting further vulnerable young people from unimaginable suffering.
“We will not stop pursuing child sex offenders and I would encourage anyone with concerns or information to get in contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”