Guilty: Sheffield man made millions from indecent images of children

Guilty: Paul Frost distributed  indecent images of children  across 45 countries.
Guilty: Paul Frost distributed indecent images of children across 45 countries.

THIS is the face of vile Sheffield man Paul Frost who has admitted his part in a horrific internet network responsible for distributing millions of indecent images of children to more than 1,300 paedophiles across 45 countries.

Paul David Frost, from Woodhouse, made millions of pounds trading in the exploitation of vulnerable and innocent young victims.

He along with three other men sent the horrific material from Sheffield, St Albans and a tiny hamlet called Martin Dales in Lincolnshire, around the world to Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

They used a huge array of computer equipment - including an industrial sized server with the capacity to store an incredible 3.2 million floppy disks.

When it was forensically analysed by experts, the surge in electrical consumption was enough to dim the lights in the building where it was being examined.

The system worked through various seemingly innocent online ‘news services’, to which paedophiles around the world paid a subscription fee in order to be able to access millions of child abuse images.

Among their customers were people in positions of trust, including teachers, doctors, youth workers and police officers.

In total the defendants made a total of £2.2m running the operation.

The international network was smashed following a four-year investigation code-named Operation Alpine, led by Lincolnshire Police in partnership with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre along with a host of other agencies.

Officers seized and viewed 2,182 exhibits and analysed a massive 1.3 million emails - many of which were examined manually by detectives.

In total the inquiry team viewed and categorised 5.5 million indecent images and nearly 6,000 films.

Yesterday Frost, aged 37, pleaded guilty to distributing indecent images of children at Nottingham Crown Court.

Paul Dean Rowland, 34, of Martin Dales, near Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to distributing, making and possessing indecent images of children.

Ian Richard Sambridge, 32, of St Albans, and Ian Frost, 35, of Martin Dales, also pleaded guilty to distributing indecent images of children.

They will all be sentenced at a later date.

Detective chief superintendent Roger Bannister said it was “satisfying” to hear the guilty pleas.

“It has always been in my mind, and that of the investigation team, that every single face in the millions of child abuse images in this case is someone’s daughter or son,” he said.

“I hope this case sends out a powerful message to people with a sexual interest in children worldwide – the internet is not a place for this kind of activity. We will trace you and you will be brought to justice.”

Peter Davies, the senior police officer who heads the CEOP Centre, said: “From the outset of this operation, our strategy was to safeguard children found to be at risk; bring offenders to justice; deter people from using the internet to share child abuse images; and reassure the public that police forces, national bodies and partner agencies can work together effectively to protect them.

“The convictions mark a critical milestone in fulfilling the strategy to the letter.”

In the UK investigations have led to 211 suspects being located and more than 178 premises being searched. Of British subscribers investigated, nearly two-thirds admitted possessing indecent images or were found to have them on their computers.