Paedophile caught with sick images of children on his phone
A man caught with child abuse images on his phone has been spared jail despite admitting “sexual gratification” was his motive.
Arthur Nolasco, 32, was found with 28 illegal pictures of children on his device as well as four prohibited images.
He was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Monday after admitting three charges of possession of indecent photographs of children at an earlier hearing.
Jenny Haigh, prosecuting said Nolasco’s crimes came to light after an associate happened to look on his phone.
“What he saw gave him cause for concern,” Ms Haigh said.
“He saw what he believed were indecent images of children and notified the authorities. As a result of that a police investigation commenced.”
The court heard Nolasco accepted he was responsible for having two category B, and 26 category C images on his phone, as well as four prohibited photographs of children.
Andrew Turton, defending, said his client had struggled to come to terms with his need to view the images in question.
“He is a man who has suffered from mental health issues which seem to stem from a time in his life in which he lost a close relative.
“He suffered from isolation and solitude which appears to have had a detrimental affect on his emotions.
“He accepts that sexual gratification was indeed his motive in looking at images but maintains that he had no intent or aspiration to have any physical contact with children following his viewing of the images.”
Mr Turton described Nolasco as having low self-esteem and said he was diagnosed with moderate depression and anxiety by his doctor.
“He is a man of previous good character and has no previous experience of the court,” he added.
Judge Stephen Ashurst handed Nolasco, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, a two-year community order with activity requirements, telling him: “It has to be said that even a single indecent image of a child is serious.
“But I bare in mind that there were no category A images involved in this case.
“There is no evidence to show you were involved in taking any of the images nor is there any for distribution of the images.
“I am going to put you on trust in terms of a community order but I must stress to you that it is all on trust and you must adhere to it.”
Nolasco was also given a notification requirement under the Sexual Offences Act for five years and a Sexual Offences Prevention order for the same amount of time.