April 2017

Sex offender told he needs help to nip his ‘distorted thinking’ in the bud

A sex offender has been told he needs help to nip his “distorted thinking” in the bud after he was caught with child abuse images.

Martin Greenwood, 27, had his laptop seized by police who had received information linking him to accessing and downloading illegal pictures of children online.

He had 138 still and moving images. The 37 pictures at the most serious level in law included one involving a two-year-old, said prosecutor Emma Atkinson today.

In the other categories, there were images of children as young as 18 months old

Greenwood, of Coronation Road, Loftus, admitted three charges of making indecent images of children.

He said he accessed the pictures through adult pornography.

The conviction – Greenwood’s first – spelled the end of his relationship and he lost contact with his young child

Judge Peter Armstrong referred to the amount of pictures, saying; “Those numbers in the experience of the courts are relatively small.

“Often cases involve hundreds if not thousands of such images.

“I hope it’s an indicator that this was not your major interest and that it’s going to be possible for this interest, whether it’s curiosity or otherwise, to be nipped in the bud.

“You need assistance because it’s distorted thinking that it’s appropriate to look at images like this.

“It’s a form of child abuse because without people looking at images like this, there wouldn’t be the abuse of the children in the first place and the filming of it.

“Every time anyone looks at this, a child is being abused. Don’t think it’s simply something which has happened in the past.

“These are very young, only toddlers or babies.”

Greenwood was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years with 30 days’ rehabilitation activity.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order governing his use of the internet and storage media, and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both for 10 years.

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