A TEENAGER who made more than 500 indecent images of children was subjected to bullying and depression at a young age, a court has heard.
Myles Dartford, 19, of Arden Road, Barton under Needwood, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday to be sentenced for his large collection of photographs made in a two month period late last year.
Dartford admitted possessing 25 indecent images of children at level one – the least severe - on December 20, making 574 indecent level one images of children, and seven indecent images of children at level two, between October 8 and December 20.
David Bell, prosecuting, said: “As a result of intelligence by Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOPS), they executed a search warrant at his address and found the images on his laptop and iPhone.
“(The defendant) joined social networking site Tagged.com and made a profile under his own name and under another name and entered into sexualised conversations.
“He knew what he was doing was wrong and is no longer a member of that site.”
The court heard that Dartford, who lost his job as a result of the conviction, was of previous good character but had been bullied throughout his childhood which led to severe depression.
Michael Taylor, defending: “His problems seemed to begin aged 12 when he was taken on by Watford Football Club and entered in trials. It seems that people at his school took this in a negative way and that progressed to bullying and in turn the bullying led to depression.
“His doctor first met him in 2008 when he was just 14 and said his symptoms were quite severe at times and he is being treated for this.
“Because of the difficulties at school he had to retake a year because he lost so much time.
He obtained nine GCSEs at grade C or above, did his A levels and now has a university place so this gives some indication of what he is capable of.
“In the (pre sentence) report it says he had further problems during childhood and had a difficult relationship with his stepfather and also had mental health problems.
“Problems at school led to him withdrawn in himself and he sought refuge on the internet.
“He is, in short, in my view, a rather damaged young man so he is very much in need of help rather than punishment.”
Dartford was given a 12 month community order, with supervision and a requirement to complete the Facing Forwards activity.
He will also pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.