Wedding cameraman caught with child porn video on computer

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court (stock image). Picture: ARCAHNT LIBRARY

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court (stock image). Picture: ARCAHNT LIBRARY - Credit: Gregg Brown

A Suffolk wedding videographer could face jail after child pornography was found on his computer.

David Ruddock admitted downloading a video showing sexual intercourse between an adult male and two girls aged 10 or 11.

The 45-year-old wedding videographer, from Glemsford, near Sudbury, was caught with the video on his computer on July 19 last year.

Police attended Ruddock’s address based on information received from his IP address – a unique identifying number attributed to devices connected to the internet.

Police analysed his computer and found one indecent video of children in the most extreme ‘level A’ category.


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On Monday, South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, in Ipswich, heard how Ruddock told police he had been using a peer-to-peer file sharing programme to manage content for the purposes of his work.

Clicking on various file titles linked to his business, Ruddock said he then unknowingly opened a pornographic video of two young girls and an adult male.

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Prosecutor Ian Devine told magistrates: “He said he stopped the download, but that it seemed to be linked to a site he was legitimately accessing.

“Every time he went on that site, the video would begin downloading.

“Mr Ruddock said he tried uninstalling the programme, but even after two or three occasions, it would download again.

Mark Holt, representing Ruddock, said his client was a “family man” of previously unblemished character.

“He was cooperative with police from the outset and consistent with his account throughout,” he added.

Magistrates delayed handing down a punishment for Ruddock to allow the probation service to prepare reports recommending the most appropriate sentence.

Ruddock is due to be sentenced by magistrates at the same court on March 13.

He was released on unconditional bail until sentencing.

Ruddock’s online business profile describes him as a professional videographer with several decades of experience in video production and design, having produced work for the BBC and a series of programmes for Sky TV.

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