Former teaching assistant who sexually abused family dog jailed

Former teaching assistant, 33, who sexually abused the family dog, had more than 1,400 vile images of animal abuse and 200 indecent pictures of children is jailed for three years

  • Oliver Holland, 33, had 14 videos of pet involved in sex act with him within stash
  • Former children’s sports coach, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, jailed for 40 months

A former teaching assistant who sexually abused the family dog has been jailed.

Oliver Holland, 33, had 14 videos himself engaged in a sex act with the pet within his sick stash of material, which included 1,435 photos and 320 videos of extreme pornography involving animal abuse.

It also contained 208 indecent images of children, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.

Now Holland, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, has been jailed for 40 months.

In a victim personal statement, Holland’s wife said: ‘It’s so hard to put into words how this has affected me. 

Former teaching assistant and children’s sports coach Oliver Holland, 33, had 14 videos of the pet involved in a sex act with him within his sick stash

‘I have gone from happily married to living a nightmare. A knock on the front door changed my life. They were there to arrest him for possession of indecent images of children.

‘I can’t begin to describe how horrified I was to hear them say those words. You were able to disappear to your mum’s while I was left picking up the pieces.

‘Our whole married life was a lie. You previously worked as a teaching assistant and a children’s sport coach.

‘I am betrayed by the person who I thought loved me. Everyone says I’m so strong – I’m not, but I’ve got no choice.’

Prosecutor Peter Gilmore said police acting on intelligence visited Holland’s home on June 14 last year, seizing two mobile phones and a laptop as they arrested him.

The court heard Holland also sent pictures and videos to the people he was conversing with on messenger app Kik.

Gilmore said: ‘Indecent images of children and extreme pornography were found.

‘The laptop did not contain indecent images of children but it had been used to search for young pre-teen models and bestiality.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard police found 1,435 photos and 320 videos of extreme pornography involving animal abuse as well as 208 indecent images of children. Now the defendant, of Claremont Close, Newcastle-under-Lyme, has been locked up for 40 months

‘There were 14 videos of the family pet dog involved in a sex act with him.’

Holland pleaded guilty to charges including distributing and creating indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography.

Hamish Noble, mitigating, appealed to Judge Graeme Smith to suspend the sentence. He said: ‘These are dreadful offences.

‘He fully understands that, and he understands the impact of the offending. He understands what might happen today. 

‘He has no previous convictions and he has lost his good character. He was working away from home for six months.

‘Some distance emotionally developed from that in his relationship. There was limited contact on the weekend.

‘He sought some company online. Initially nothing objectionable, just chatting, but it moved on from there. 

‘His interest seems to have been more extreme pornography due to the number of them.

‘He expresses through me his remorse for what he has done. He is working. He lives with his parents.

‘There has been, following arrest, a significant downturn in his mental wellbeing. He has had no contact with his immediate family following the arrest. 

‘He has experienced depression and suicidal ideation. He can’t believe what he has done.’

As well as jailing Holland, Judge Smith made him the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) with notification requirements. He said: ‘There’s an epidemic of child pornography in this country.

‘Very frequently we have in front of this court people who have experimented with more and more extreme pornography. Sometimes that evolves into engaging with other people doing the same thing.

‘If there’s one positive fact if that you have been open and frank about your offending. Many people are not. That does provide a glimmer of hope that rehabilitation work may be successful.’

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