A former Director of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the organisation founded in 1837 and which runs the famous Great Yorkshire Show, was jailed for two-and-a-half years in May 2012 after a collection of images showing horrific sexual abuse of young boys was found on two computers at his home in Howe, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Charles Littleboy had previously pleaded guilty to eleven counts of making indecent images of children, four counts of distributing indecent images of children, five counts of possessing extreme pornographic images and one count of possessing 3,904 indecent photographs of children.
Some of the extreme pornography on the charge sheet related to bestiality, including material he filmed consensually in the stables at his property involving sex with a dog and a pony. Over a six year period, until 2010, Littleboy downloaded images of child abuse from the internet and engaged in depraved discussions with fellow paedophiles.
CPS lawyer, Shaun Dodd, told the Court that he indecent images found on his computers included an image of a baby around three-months-old being abused. Other pictures involved boys aged as young as four, and clearly showed distress. One male child was seen gagged and bound in a photograph.
Barrister, Simon Reevell, who is also a part-time Conservative MP for Dewsbury defended Littleboy and said his client was a shy and private man who now faced “utter humiliation”. A number of character references were given to Judge Peter Fox, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, with Mr Reevell saying: “They speak of a man wholly removed from these offences.”
Mr Reevell added that Littleboy was a carer for his parents, who are aged 84 and 79.
Judge Fox accepted Littleboy’s reputation was ruined, but he added: “What you fail at present to appreciate is the utter humiliation and degradation of the victims of your crimes, both human and animal. Littleboy was sentenced to two-and-a-half years jail; placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, and banned from unsupervised contact with children.
Littleboy was also a police officer with North Yorkshire Police in the 1980s.
Outside court Detective Constable Karl Middlemiss of Northallerton CID, said: “We welcome today’s sentence which follows a lengthy and disturbing investigation into Littleboy’s depraved activity. It is the worst case I have seen of this nature in my 17-year career and the sentence reflects the serious and repugnant nature of the images in his possession.
“We hope this case sends a clear message that the internet is no hiding place for depravity and thanks to the technology available to the police, the pedlars of child pornography and other illegal images will sooner or later be caught, and will face the full force of the law.”
Littleboy’s sentence was too lenient, the NSPCC said, a sentiment with which uPSD wholeheartedly agree.
Jon Brown, who heads its sexual abuse programme, said: “We are deeply concerned the sentence is not tough enough to drive home the message that possession of child abuse images is an extremely serious offence. Very young children, including babies, were sexually assaulted to make these horrendous pictures, which may be in circulation for many years. Many of these children will never be traced, and will not receive the help they need to recover from their horrific ordeal.
Mr Brown concluded: “This offender should have received a sentence that will deter others from engaging in this appalling trade, and allow him to undergo treatment.”