February 2018

Pensioner had 709 indecent images and videos of children

A pensioner addicted to teenage porn had 709 unique pictures and videos of children on his devices when police raided his home.

Clive Millard, of Waterdale Park, Huntington Road, Huntington, was snared by North Yorkshire Police when he uploaded an illegal image of a child onto a website monitored by officers.

York Crown Court heard how they traced the picture back to the 66-year-old through his computer’s IP address and, after searching his home, found hundreds of pictures and videos on four devices.

Laurie Scott, prosecuting, said he told police he had become addicted to teenage girl pornography over four or five years.

She added: “He had also been taking part in many Skype chats with users of websites. He was trading images on Skype and one particular Category C image had been exchanged. He said he wasn’t really interested in the Category A images, but you did not know what you were going to receive until you opened the image.”

Officers discovered 16 pictures and 14 videos on Millard’s devices, which fell into the most severe category. They also found 28 pictures and 10 videos in Category B and 639 pictures and 12 videos of the third most serious range.

Millard pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of children and another count of distributing indecent images of children.

Chris Moran, defending Millard, said: “He has outlined a great deal of remorse and made full and frank admissions.”

The court heard Millard worked for BT for 36 years, volunteered for a political party in York and helped out at a charity, however, he quit both roles when the charges came to light.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC sentenced Millard to a community order for 12 months, 100 hours unpaid work, and made him subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, banning him from using any device to get pictures from the internet, for five years.

Millard was also told to take part in a 30 day rehabilitation activity requirement.