Pensioner dodges jail for sick child abuse images
A pensioner has dodged an immediate jail term – but a judge told him he had “completely ruined his life”
Michael Dunstan was supported from the public gallery as he stood in the dock at Teesside Crown Court to face the music, after admitting downloading images of children being sexually abused.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield had told the court Dunstan was caught with almost 60 depraved images – with 27 in the most serious category.
Police swooped at his New Marske home in October last year, seizing a Toshiba computer tower.
Dunstan told investigators they would find child sexual abuse images on the computer, and said he had used a cleaning application on it in the days leading up to police turning up.
At a previous hearing, he had already admitted his guilt to three charges of making indecent photographs of children between February 2016 and October 2017.
Judge Sean Morris suspended a 10 month prison sentence for 18 months and told Dunstan: “You are another man I am dealing with who has completely ruined his life by shamefully looking at these sorts of images.
“You’re 67 and you and your wife are both not in good health. But this is the only time you get a suspended sentence.”
Dunstan was ordered to complete 30 days of rehabilitation with the probation services, and was slapped with a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.
Pensioner admits making 25 of ‘most serious’ indecent pictures of children
A 67-year-old man awaits sentence after he admitted making indecent images of children.
Michael Dunstan pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children between February 2016 and October 2017.
The charges relate to 25 pictures in the most serious category in law and 32 in less severe categories.
Dunstan, of Victoria Close, New Marske, had no previous convictions.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, bailed the defendant until sentencing on May 29.
He told Dunstan on Thursday: “You’ve had the good sense to plead guilty to this indictment.
“You’ll be given the appropriate credit.
“Any sentence will be available to the judge.”
Dunstan will be on the sex offenders’ register as a result of his conviction.