Ipswich: Student who downloaded child porn escapes jail term

IPSWICH: A student who downloaded child porn on his computer and asked a friend to send him pictures of her in her underwear has walked free from court after a judge decided not to lock him up.

The boy, who is now 16 but was only 15 at the time of the offences, had more than 100 indecent images of children aged between four and 15 on his computer, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Police officers also found two films featuring extreme pornographic images, one of which showed a woman having sex with a pony and a dog, said Alice Newton, prosecuting.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, admitted one offence of possessing indecent images of children, 16 offences of making indecent images of children and two offences of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Sentencing the boy, Judge Peter Fenn said the offences dated back to 2009 and he had been on police bail for nearly a year before he was charged with the offences at the end of last year.

He said if the boy was over 18, he would have considered sentencing him to one year’s detention to send out a message to like-minded people that it was unacceptable to have the type of images the court had heard about.

However, because of the boy’s previous good character and the length of time the case had taken to come before the court, he felt able to pass a three-year supervision order.

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Miss Newton told the court the indecent images and movies were found on computer equipment seized from the boy’s home.

She said that on a scale of one to five, with level five being the most serious, there were 26 stills and films at level one, six at level two, 40 at level three, 48 at level four and three at level five.

She said the images included pictures of a school friend of the boy who told police she had felt pressurised into sending him pictures of her in her underwear.

Craig Marchant, for the boy, said the majority of the images had been deleted and he had not viewed all of them.

He said his client was making good progress with his studies and regretted what he had done.

He said the images sent by his school friend were at level one which was at the lowest end of the scale for these kind of images.

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