December 2017

Pervert pensioner clicked on links to indecent pictures of children

A pensioner has avoided jail after police found hundreds of indecent images of children as young as four on his computer.

John Graham was caught with pictures and films when police raided his family home, Teesside Crown Court was told.

It emerged that the 69-year-old, who had no previous convictions, had been living a double life of depravity when police knocked on the door of his house on March 8 this year.

David Crook, prosecuting, told the court that Graham had already pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children as young as four and one charge of possessing extreme pornography involving animals.

Mr Crook said police had become aware of Graham’s activities when they received intelligence that an IP address linked to his home address at Tennyson Avenue, Hartlepool , had been used to download indecent images.

When officers visited the house they recovered a number of devices including a computer tower, a laptop and two hard drives.

“Before those devices were put through the investigative system the defendant was interviewed,” said Mr Crook.

“He accepted that, some time ago, he had been part of a peer-to-peer file-sharing programme.”

He said Graham had seen titles which were clearly taking him to indecent images of children and had ‘clicked onto them out of curiosity’.

Mr Crook added that Graham – himself a married father to grown up children – had understood and made use of search terms to return images depicting the rape of pre-teenage children.

In total, Graham was found to have 243 indecent images of children, 112 of which fell into the most serious category in law.

He was also found in possession of 219 examples of extreme pornography depicting bestiality.

Mr Crook said of the most serious images, 34 were films, the longest lasting one hour and eight minutes depicting acts too disgusting to publish, inflicted on children as young as four.

Mr Crook added that an aggravating feature was the “discernible distress” of the large number of child victims whose abuse was depicted in the videos.

Passing sentence, the judge turned to Graham and said: “In your evidence to the probation officer, you said you have no sexual interest in children. I don’t accept that.

“You deliberately downloaded these images for your own sexual gratification.

“The misery that is caused to those poor children – children as young as four – is caused so that people like you can watch the pain and distress they suffer.

“The clear distress you were watching gave you satisfaction – it gave you sexual gratification.”

But he stopped short of sending Graham immediately to prison, instead suspended his 10-month sentence for two years.

He also ordered that Graham be placed under supervision for 18 months and imposed a sexual harm prevention order on him for 10 years.

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