Halifax man who sexually abused woman with learning difficulties and possessed thousands of child porn images jailed for 14 years

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A man who sexually abused a woman with learning difficulties and possessed some of the most severe child porn images a judge had ever seen has been jailed for 14 years.

Christopher Hall, 68, of Moorside Gardens in Ovenden, Halifax, admitted three charges under the Sexual Offences Act and 22 of possessing thousands of indecent images of children at Bradford Crown Court.

Hall’s address was among a number gathered by police as part of a nation-wide operation tackling internet paedophiles.

When police went to his home, they found 2,578 indecent images of children on his computer.

They also discovered films Hall had made of his abuse of the woman, aged 24.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said the films found suggested Hall had assaulted her around 80 different times of times over a three year period.

He said: “It would have been obvious to anyone that she had severe difficulties. It was, in the position of the Crown, amply obvious to the defendant.

“It is one of the more deeply troubling aspects of this case that when asked later about his encounters with her, he was to say that he always asked her and she always agreed to that abuse and that he regarded her as normal and she could use a computer. He went so far as to say that there was nothing wrong with her.”

He added Hall had bookmarked around 100 child pornography websites.

“This man knew perfectly well what he was doing and he actively looked for this material and he found precisely what he wanted,” he said.

“What he wanted, I have to say, included some of the worst sort of pornography - the abuse of babies and young children.”

Judge David Hatton said the images were some of the most severe he had ever seen. He sentenced him to 14 years in jail.

Detective Constable Joel Clayton from Calderdale Police’s Safeguarding Unit, who led the investigation, said they had worked hard to do their best to support the woman and work with other agencies had been key to helping the victim in this case. He added particular thanks to the woman’s nurse.

He said the team work pro-actively to investigate these kinds of cases and bring justice for the victims.

He added: “I hope a sentence of this kind will send a clear message to other offenders.”

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, said: “This was a particularly difficult case to investigate, and upsetting for officers in view of the depraved actions of the suspect against a vulnerable victim.

“Detective Constable Clayton supported by other members of the Calderdale Safeguarding Unit have been extremely professional in their investigations despite the harrowing facts of the case and I would like to thank them for their painstaking efforts.

“The sentence passed reflects the seriousness of the investigation and will provide Hall with a great deal of time to consider the consequences of his actions.”