Felixstowe: 70-year-old pensioner admits child porn charges

FELIXSTOWE: A pensioner who admitted child porn charges spanning an 11-year-old period is today waiting to be sentenced.

It is understood that Michael Prowse, of Grange Farm Avenue, Felixstowe, was arrested after he took his computer in to a shop to have it looked at.

Police were alerted after staff became concerned about some of the content they found.

The 70-year-old appeared before magistrates in Ipswich for the first hearing of his case on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to all three charges against him.

The pensioner admitted making indecent photographs of children between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2001.

Prowse also admitted a second allegation of making indecent photographs of children between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2002.

In addition, he pleaded guilty to a third charge of a similar nature. The exception was that the timespan related to the period between April 4, 2005 and July 16, 2010.

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At this stage, it is not known how many images were on Prowse’s computer.

The OAP was arrested on July 15 last year.

Three days earlier, he left his computer with a Felixstowe company to have work done on it.

The pensioner is said to have collected the computer equipment on July 13.

Before being arrested, it is understood Prowse returned to the shop on July 15 to ask for the hard drive to be wiped.

Following his arrest, Prowse was taken to Ipswich police station to be interviewed, before being released on bail.

After further inquiries over the next seven months, he was eventually charged on February 8.

The case has now been committed to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing.

Magistrates released Prowse on bail until the sentencing, for which a date has yet to be set.

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