Suffolk dad put on sex offender register
A SUFFOLK father is now on the sex offenders register.Lawrence Hunt downloaded child pornography on his computer, but said more than a hundred of the sexual images were accessed by someone else.
A SUFFOLK father is now on the sex offenders register.
Lawrence Hunt downloaded child pornography on his computer, but said more than a hundred of the sexual images were accessed by someone else.
The 66-year-old only admitted looking at 10 indecent photographs of children on his computer.
Matthew McNiff mitigating at Ipswich Crown Court, said his client was a man of previous good character who had "inadvertently" accessed pictures of children in erotic poses.
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He said: "When you download a file you do not know what you are downloading. You do not know what you have got until you click on it, then you have committed the offence. You could delete it, but it stays on your computer."
He added that previous media coverage had projected Hunt, of Hilton Road, Martlesham Heath, as someone who mass-produced child pornography.
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Mr McNiff said Hunt had been punished enough by the newspaper reports and by not being allowed to see his 11-year-old son.
He urged Judge David Goodin to conditionally discharge him.
The court heard that Hunt had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of having indecent photographs of children.
Judge Goodin said: "The police found on your computer a number of images, over 100 depicting child pornography. Some that are at a serious level and some at the bottom end. Downloading, viewing and accessing that sort of material are offences that the public rightly view with horror and revulsion.
"The Crown Prosecution Service state that because another person had access to your computer they cannot prove you were responsible for all the images."
Judge Goodin said he would sentence Hunt on the basis that he viewed 10 photographs which were at the lowest level but failed to delete them and in fact re-examined them on occasions.
Hunt was fined £500 and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register.