A 62-YEAR-OLD Carlisle man has admitted downloading and possessing hundreds of child abuse images.

Frank Galloway, of Chiswick Street, appeared at the city’s Rickergate court yesterday morning.

He entered guilty pleas to four allegations. These were:

n Possessing indecent images of a child – namely four which were classified at Category A, the most serious; three Category B images; and 16 Category C images;

n Making (or downloading) 255 Category A indecent images of children;

n Making 518 Category B indecent images of children;

n Making 2,151 Category C indecent images of children.

Court papers show that the offences were committed on dates between January 3, 2016, and August 16 of last year.

After hearing brief details about the offences, District Judge Gerald Chalk sent the case to Carlisle Crown Court for a sentencing hearing on December 15.

In the meantime, he granted the defendant bail with certain conditions. These include that the defendant should have no unsupervised contact with any child.

The judge ruled that Galloway should have his name on the Sex Offenders’ Register, though for how long will depend on the final sentence.

n The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. It’s Stop It Now helpline is: 0808 1000 900. The charity aims to help people reject such offending.