June 2017

Man spared jail over indecent images on laptop

A man with indecent images of children on a laptop said he was “curious” and had “no sexual interest in children”, a court heard.

Despite Mark Blackwell’s explanation, he was charged with five offences of making indecent photos of a child.

And, at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday (June 13), Judge James Sampson sentenced him for the offences.

The judge said: “Viewing this sort of material is participation in the abuse of children.”

Twelve indecent images were found on the laptop and nine videos; some in Category A, the most serious, and Category B, the second most serious.

The youngest age of the children in the images was 11 years old.

Blackwell, now of Douglas Court, Toton, and previously of Imperial Road, Beeston, was arrested and interviewed.

The 34-year-old admitted he was responsible for the images on the laptop and had viewed them for a number of years.

He entered his guilty pleas to the five offences at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on April 27.

“He (Blackwell) said he was curious,” explained prosecutor Leanne Summers to the judge. “He had no sexual interest in children. He accepted he owned the laptop seized by police. Twelve indecent images were found”.

She said the sentencing guidelines for Category A images had a starting point of one year (in custody), with a category range of 26 weeks to three years.

Judge Sampson said the material Blackwell viewed was so significant in terms of its serious content, the custody threshold had been crossed.

But he decided to suspend his sentence, giving him four months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

“You are given full credit for your guilty plea and cooperation with police,” said the judge.

And he ordered Blackwell complete 20 rehabilitation activity days, and pay £85 towards the costs of the case and a victim surcharge.

Blackwell, who had no previous convictions, will also be subject to the sex offenders’ register, and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.