PICTURED: Daniel Hamblin, the Tunbridge Wells man jailed for child sex abuse offences
By kentsussex | Monday, September 10, 2012, 16:59
A man from Tunbridge Wells has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of child sex abuse and image offences at Maidstone Crown Court.
25-year-old Daniel Hamblin, previously of Rowan Tree Road, Tunbridge Wells pleaded guilty before Sevenoaks Magistrates on 20 April to two counts of making indecent images of children, four counts of possessing indecent images of children, two counts of taking indecent images of children, two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child and one count of causing a child to be involved in prostitution or pornography.
Following conviction, Hamblin was sent to crown court for sentencing.
The court heard how Kent Police officers discovered that Hamblin had been downloading images of child abuse from the internet and conducted a warrant at his home address on 14 February 2012.
Officers found evidence that not only had Hamblin been downloading images from the internet, but that he had also taken photos of a child victim on a mobile phone.
Officers found 37 still images graded between level one to four and six movies, graded between levels four and five.
Following his arrest on 16 February, Hamblin admitted that over the past two years he had actively been searching for child abuse imagery whilst using file sharing software.
Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court on 10 September, Hamblin was jailed for three years.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jo Gordon of the Child Exploitation and Investigation Team at Kent Police said: 'Hamblin preyed on an innocent child and supported his sexual appetites with indecent images from the internet, each of which represents another child being abused.
'I trust this sentence makes it clear that society will not accept the ongoing abuse of children and that Kent Police will do everything it can to track down and bring to justice those that seek to exploit children.'