A disgraced solicitor who downloaded over 15,000 indecent images of children has walked free from court with a suspended sentence.
35-year-old Mohammed Ismail was caught with disturbing and obscene videos and stills. He also shared some of the material online.
Ismail admitted having 1076 videos and 2173 images of the most severe category ‘A’ material.
He also admitted having 221 videos and 2476 still images, categorised as B.
Ismail also admitted distributing indecent videos and images of children online.
He was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which prohibits him from using internet browsers or messaging apps which do not save their history.
Ismail will also be required to submit any electronic devices for inspection by the police upon request.
Judge Michael Grieve said:
‘It imposes considerable restrictions on his use of the internet, software programmes, and he must make his devices available to the police.
‘I’m satisfied that the making of the order is necessary for the protection of the public from sexual harm.
‘In particular, children, going as close as one can to preventing him from accessing this type of material in the future.
‘It is an offence to breach the terms of the order, which carries a sentence of up to five years.’
Rochelle Collins, defending, said:
‘He essentially has just been approved for universal credit. He’s had a number of [job] interviews and has not heard anything.’
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