Mark James Dale, 45, of Market Place, pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children at Barkingside Magistrates Court today.
Dale was arrested after his laptop was linked to a known pedophile forum last July. The 45-year-old frequented chat rooms such as ‘tweenfanisland’ and searched for abuse material online using TOR software.
Investigators from the National Crime Agency (NCA) seized a laptop and tablet and found 14,222 indecent images and videos of children which ranged from category A, the most serious, to category C.
When he was arrested, he told officers to take over his account, declaring “you know I’ve been on the dark web, close it down”.
Dale was previously convicted in 2011 and 2019 for similar offences and was bound to strict rules under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. These included registering any digital devices with the Metropolitan Police Service.
NCA operations manager, Martin Ludlow, said: “Every image or video Dale downloaded and viewed depicts a child being exploited.
“This is an individual with a history of committing child sexual abuse offences. His willingness to continue with his behaviour, and use of the dark web to try and circumvent those who were monitoring him, shows a total disregard for victims, and the seriousness of his crimes.
He will be sentenced for all charges on Monday, 15 February at Snaresbrook Crown Court.