Kneesworth paedophile jailed after admitting 11 child abuse offences
PUBLISHED: 17:07 18 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:41 20 November 2019
A paedophile from Kneesworth has been jailed today after committing a string of child abuse offences.
Robert Mills - of Old North Road - pleaded guilty to seven counts of making indecent images of children and four counts of distributing indecent images of children.
He was also charged with one count of inciting a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity - but this was dismissed.
Mills was caught with more than 5,000 indecent images after his Internet Protocol (IP) address was linked to an indecent image of a child, which had been uploaded to the internet.
On April 19 2017, officers form the Paedophile Online Investigation Team carried out a warrant at his home and seized 32 items for analysis.
The analysis revealed 5,879 indecent images or videos of children - of these, 1,649 were category A, the most severe.
In July, Mills was arrested following a further report and additional devices were seized for examination.
These revealed an additional 1,362 indecent images.
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Judge David Farrell QC sentenced the 46-year-old to three years behind bars at the hearing held at Cambridge Crown Court this afternoon.
He was also given sexual harm prevention order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register - both indefinitely.
Detective Sergeant Julia Boon, of the POLIT, said: "Each of these images or video represents a vulnerable child being abused.
"It is vital we are doing all we can to protect children in our communities.
"Our dedicated team work tirelessly to bring people before the courts who choose to download or distribute indecent content involving children."
A decade ago, Mills - formerly of Royston - was spared jail for downloading hundreds of indecent images and videos of children - instead being given a three-year community rehabilitation order, sexual offenders treatment programme, and he was added to the sexual offenders' register.
He was also banned from working, or being alone at any time, with children and ordered to pay £450 costs.
The judge in the 2009 case at St Albans Crown Court said he delivered that sentence because "the community would be best served by Mills getting help".
At the time, Mills' solicitor said he had sought treatment for his perversion through a charity.