A 32 year-old man from Redhill has been jailed for downloading indecent images of children and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Andrew Pratheep Sandrasagra was sentenced to a total of fifteen months in prison at Guildford Crown Court on Monday 5 August 2019, following a thorough investigation by Surrey Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT). In addition Sandrasagra is subject to a ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and must sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
Intelligence was received as part of the team’s work that he was in possession of indecent images of children. Further enquiries revealed that Sandrasagra had made 108 Category A, 46 Category B, and 10,892 Category C, indecent images of a child over a four year period. The term ‘making’ relates to the downloading of the images on his electronic device.
Sandrasagra, who denied the four charges, was found guilty at the same court on Tuesday 18 June.
Detective Inspector Martin Goodwin said: “This case sends a clear message that you cannot hide your illegal online activity. Sandrasagra claimed that he could not have downloaded the images and attempted to pervert the course of justice by changing information on his personal devices to back up his claims.
“Due to a thorough investigation by both the Paedophile Online Investigation Team and the Digital Forensic Team he was unable to dupe the Court and claim his innocence. The forensic expertise of the teams working collaboratively has prevented further offending and protected vulnerable children from further harm.
“I hope that this sentence means that whilst in prison Sandrasagra now takes responsibility for his actions to access support and changes his behaviour to avoid future offending”.
If you are concerned about inappropriate sexual interests within your own internet usage, or the internet usage of someone close to you, you can contact the Stop It Now campaign and helpline, run by the Lucy Faithfull foundation. Details are available on the charities website: https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/
To report a crime you can call 101. If someone is in immediate danger of harm or a crime is in progress, please call 999 now.