September 2017

Man whose computer had 2,000 child abuse pics sent to prison

A man whose computer had more than 2,000 child abuse images on it has been sent to prison despite him continuing to claim somebody else got into his computer and planted them there.

Michael Thompson, 50, from Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced after being found guilty after a trial of making indecent photographs of a child between June 2010 and June 2015.

Prosecuting barrister Bathsheba Cassel told the court how police searched Thompson’s home address and seized a number of devices.

On the devices officers found indecent images spanning all three categories including Category A (45 still photos and 82 movies), Category B (56 stills and 55 movies) and Category C (1,453 stills and 156 movies).

Defending Thompson, Ramsay Quaife said the case was “unusual” and “not a straight forward sentencing exercise”.

Mr Quaife said that Thompson was a man of good character who helped those nearest and dearest to him, including acting as full-time carer for his frail elderly father.

He said: “He (Thompson) remains in denial and maintains his innocence.”

During his sentencing remarks Recorder Simon Levene said: “I haven’t seen the images, neither did the jury, but I did see their faces when a description of the images was read out during the trial.

“You have shown no remorse, have no mental disorder and have taken no steps to address the issue.

“You said your devices were protected with codes and whoever planted the images on your computer must have got hold of your passwords. These are feeble excuses and there is an enormous background of suffering behind the images you had on your computer.”

Recorder Levene went on to state the age and vulnerability of the children depicted, saying that were having to endure pain and suffering.

He also detailed how the computer showed an active involvement in peer-to-peer sharing and specific internet searches linked to indecent material.

Thompson was sentenced to two years in prison, of which he must serve half.

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