Police issue hard-hitting warning after Worksop man is caught with thousands of indecent images of children

A Nottinghamshire detective says the case of a Worksop man caught with nearly 8,000 indecent images of children serves as a hard-hitting warning to anyone involved in online child sex abuse.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 2:22 pm

John Malarek, 57, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence at Nottingham Crown Court this week after admitting three counts of making indecent images of children, one of possessing extreme pornographic material and one of possessing prohibited images of children.

Police recovered thousands of indecent images and videos of children after seizing electronic media devices from his home on Sunnyside in February last year.

More than 250 were graded as category A – the most serious acts of sexual abuse against children.

John Malarek appeared before Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting the offences at an earlier hearing before magistrates.

Speaking after Malarek was sentenced, Det Con Richard Cashmore, of Nottinghamshire Police’s public protection team, described online child sex abuse as a ‘wicked and exploitative illegal industry’.

He said: “Cases like this should serve as a warning to anyone who views, downloads or shares images of child sexual abuse. We are very likely to find out about it and – when we do – we will come to your home and arrest you.

“Behind every one of these depraved images and videos is a vulnerable child being sexually abused by adults. Every time people like Malarek view or share this kind of material they are helping to sustain a that does very real harm to victims all over the world.”

Malarek was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that will restrict his activities for 10 years.

He was also added to the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and ordered to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity.