Richard Arrowhead pleaded guilty to possessing a staggering 137,000 pictures and 4,336 videos of child abuse that he had collected over a period of four years — and he won’t spend any time behind bars for his actions.
Arrowsmith was arrested in February 2016 after police received a tip that Arrowhead had illegal images on his Sky account. His computer, external hard drive, laptop, mobile phone and USB sticks were seized in April and Arrowhead quickly acknowledged his guilt, facing up to five years in prison.
Digby Johnson, Arrowsmith’s lawyer, told the court that his client and his wife wanted to start a family of their own. This defense seems to have held sway over the court since they decided to give Arrowhead a suspended sentence after hearing that he and his wife were trying to have a child.
Recorder Martin Butterworth, said:
You are 41 years old, with no previous convictions and you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
There are three charges against you in relation to the possession of indecent images of children.
I am taking into consideration your previous good character, you have a wife who supports you, a steady employment and your hopes to start a family in the near future.
These are not victimless crimes, they encourage serious abuse of sometimes very young children.
You were less than honest about the nature of the images.
Arrowsmith’s final punishment? £250 in costs, 160 hours of community service, and 7 p.m. curfew.
He also had to register himself as a sexual offender and he is banned from working with children — though how that would apply to any of his own children remains unspecified.