Arnold Baxter

A man jailed for the kidnap and sexual assault of a young girl in Barton-under-Needwood has now been sentenced for making thousands of indecent images of children.

Arnold Baxter

Arnold David Baxter, aged 74, was jailed for nine years in February 2017 for abducting the six-year-old in March 2001.

A DNA hit following a drink-driving offence 15 years after the kidnap took place led to Baxter’s arrest at his home address in Rugby, where police seized devices capable of storing digital media.

After forensic examination, indecent images of children were found on 11 devices, with almost 700 of the 6,582 images in the most serious category.

Baxter, who is also known as David, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent or pseudo-images of children at Leamington Magistrates’ Court on August 15.

He was sentenced yesterday (6th November) to a further 12 months in prison for the category A offence, which will be served in addition to his nine-year sentence. He received further four months for the category B images, and three months for category C images to be served concurrently.

Sentencing at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Andrew Lockhart also made Baxter the subject of a sexual offences prevention order and a destruction order was issued for his equipment.

Detective Inspector Victoria Downing said: “Baxter’s crime left the local community and the victim’s parents in a complete state of shock.

“It took many years for him to be brought before the courts and it has taken more time to forensically examine files retrieved from his home address.

“We are glad he has now been sentenced and remains in prison for an extended period.”


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