A judge decided not to impose a curfew on a Coventry man who had downloaded indecent images of children – because he was already “probably spending too much time in the house”.
Adrian Kenny had originally denied three charges of making indecent images of children, claiming other family members and friends also had access to his computer.
But Kenny, 35, of Easedale Close, Styvechale, later changed his pleas at Warwick Crown Court to guilty, and was sentenced to eight months inprison suspended for two years.
Deputy Judge Richard Griffith-Jones also ordered him to take part in rehabilitation activities for 20 days, to register as a sex offender for ten years and to pay £600 costs.
The judge told Kenny: “I hope that you are ashamed; you ought to be.
Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said that in June last year the police went to Kenny’s home where they asked him whether he had been using file-sharing software, and he said he had.
His laptop and another device were seized, but when he was interviewed before they had been analysed, he claimed he had never seen any indecent images of children.
But on the devices, officers subsequently found indecent images, including seven stills in category A – the most severe category – showing children as young as four being raped or tortured
In addition, the officers found he had used search terms which indicated he had been searching for images of children.
Kenny was interviewed again and claimed he had never used the file-sharing system which had been used to download the images.
He asserted that friends and family also had access to his computer – and pleaded not guilty when he first appeared in court, added Mr Simpson.