A father who downloaded indecent images of children has narrowly avoided prison
Andrew Asbrey, 42, would search for ‘pre-teen hardcore’ pictures and videos of children and download them on his laptop at his home in Clarondale, Bransholme.
He would then delete the pictures to hide his actions, Hull Magistrates Court heard.
Police seized two laptops from his home and found ten indecent images of children and two movies.
Prosecutor John Owston said: “A warrant was executed at the defendant’s address on September 9, as a result of information that the internet connection had been used for indecent images on file sharing sites.
“In addition to the various images, there was evidence of searching on terms which were clearly indicative of an interest in child pornography.
“He made full admissions to being responsible for all the images. He said he found them on a site and initially was looking at adult porn but came across child porn.
“He was not happy or proud of what he had done but kept looking at the images.”
Hull Magistrates Court heard Asbrey committed the offences over a 28-month period from November 2011 to March 2014.
Mr Owston said: “This behaviour had gone on for a number of years.
“He would search for material using the terms ‘pre-teen hardcore’.
“He would highlight and download the items, then delete them after viewing them to cover his tracks.
“When interviewed by police he said he was ‘ashamed and disgusted’ at what he had done.”
Asbrey pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.
Asbrey was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.
He must also complete 80 hours of unpaid work.
Magistrates gave him a five year sexual harm prevention order. He must also sign the Sex Offender’s Register for five years.