OAP paedophile caught with indecent pictures of toddlers is spared jail
A Wirral pensioner caught with pictures of toddlers being sexually abused was spared jail – because of his elderly wife’s illness.
Harry Douglas downloaded indecent images of children as young as two and disturbing animal porn.
The 79-year-old, of Brookhurst Avenue, Birkenhead, first claimed he was innocent but later confessed to his shame.
Liverpool Crown Court heard police acting on intelligence raided the couple’s home on December 15 last year.
Douglas and his wife denied any knowledge of indecent images as officers seized two computer towers and a laptop.
Police discovered 72 Category A images – the most serious category – plus 87 Category B and 246 Category C pictures.
Derek Jones, prosecuting, said they found 432 banned cartoon images of children and 75 bestiality files – 73 of which were videos.
Douglas came clean when interviewed, suggesting that he started searching for them “out of curiosity”.
Mr Jones said: “By the end of the interview he accepted there must be some sexual gratification involved.”
The prosecutor said the offence was aggravated by the “extremely young age” of the children.
Douglas admitted three counts of making (downloading) and one count of possessing indecent images of children.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing prohibited images of children and possessing extreme pornographic images.
Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said: “It’s shameful and I hope you feel that. What you have been doing is adding to the terrible industry involved with child pornography.
“Children – and in your case you have been looking at images of children as young as two – children of young ages are exploited by others, very often traumatised either psychologically, emotionally and sometimes physically, and that has been for your sexual gratification.”
Judge Trevor-Jones said he was prepared to suspend a prison sentence of 10 months for two years, because of Douglas’ previous good character, age and family situation.
He said: “Your wife is clearly quite severely ill. She is very dependant on your role back home.”
The judge also handed Douglas two years of supervision and told him to sign on the Sex Offender Register for five years.