Britain`s `biggest collector of child porn` jailed

Daniel Taylor pleaded guilty to 27 charges including making and possessing indecent images.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 23:32 PM IST

London: A paedophile described by police as Britain`s most prolific collector of child abuse images was jailed on Thursday after he was caught with more than 300,000 indecent pictures.

Father-of-two Daniel Taylor, 31, from Leeds, northern England, was handed an indeterminate jail term after pleading guilty to 27 charges, including making and possessing indecent images and sexually assaulting a baby.

None of the charges relate to his own children.

Police who searched his property found an instruction video for paedophiles and a covert camera disguised as a cigarette lighter capable of capturing and storing video.

London`s Metropolitan Police, who first raised suspicions that Taylor might be a paedophile after monitoring his online activity, described him as Britain`s most prolific collector of indecent child images.

Passing sentence at Bradford Crown Court judge Rodney Grant handed Taylor an indeterminate sentence with a minimum jail term of three years, minus time already spent in custody.

"Fortunately it is a rare occurrence that a court has to deal with a case such as this involving such a huge volume of child pornography and the sexual abuse of a very young child," said Grant.

Taylor stored the images on a laptop computer, hard drives, phones and memory sticks, the court heard.

Under the indeterminate sentencing system, a minimum jail term is handed down but the convicted individual must satisfy authorities that he or she is ready for release and is no longer a risk before being freed.

Bureau Report