December 2017

Paedophile downloaded indecent images of children as young as TWO

A computer repair worker was found to have a total of 420 indecent images of children on his computer and more than 17 hours worth of video footage.

Peter Johnson has been warned he faces jail after a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court today, Monday, December 4.

The 55-year-old was arrested after police officers raided his home in May 2016 and found computer equipment containing the illicit images and films.

One film was found to be six hours and 37 minutes long.

He initially told police that he must have been “hacked” or it must “have got there” through his working in computers.

Jonathan Dunne, prosecuting, said: “A police warrant was executed at the defendant’s home address.

“Significant items were found in his bedroom.

“By his bed was a computer tower and inserted into it was a USB stick. A computer hard drive was in a plastic box in a storage unit in the bedroom.”

“The overwhelming majority of the still and moving images came from the USB stick.

“The defendant was interviewed and told the police that he was something of a computer expert. He had a business repairing broken computers.

“He was to say that if there was anything illegal on his computer or on the USB stick or the hard drive it must have got there through the innocent agency of using other people’s computer equipment.

“He said it was either down to customers or down to TalkTalk being hacked.”

Johnson, 55, of Willoughby Road, Alford, admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children and a further charge of possession of a prohibited image of a child.

Judge Simon Hirst adjourned sentence for the preparation of a probation report and Johnson was granted conditional bail to appear back before the Crown Court on December 20.

In granting bail, Judge Hirst told Johnson: “You must understand that the overwhelmingly likely sentence is one of immediate custody.”

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