July 2018

Former bus driver downloaded thousands of indecent images of children

A former bus driver who had served his country, searched the internet for indecent images of children and downloaded thousands of files, a court heard today.

Police raided the Widnes home of Dennis Jackson on November 16 last year and his tower computer was seized.

An initial check revealed indecent images of children and he was arrested and the computer sent for forensic examination, said Iain Criddle, prosecuting.

He told officers that he had “inadvertently downloaded files which contained indecent material but had subsequently deleted them.”

However Liverpool Crown Court heard that the further examination revealed 1,462 indecent images of girls predominantly ranging in age from four to 13 and seven videos.

Mr Criddle said that they had been downloaded and put into a file on his computer “presumably for further reference.”

The forensic investigation revealed he had used search terms on the web indicative of someone looking for indecent images of children. When he was further interviewed on April 22 this year he made no comment.

Jackson, of Mottishead Road, pleaded guilty to downloading indecent images of children.

Sentencing the 57-year-old defendant, who has no previous convictions, the judge, Recorder Stephen Riordan QC, said he was of positive good character having served in the Armed Forces.

But he said that his searches on Google “demonstrated an unhealthy interest in young children.”

The judge said he accepted he has since taken “real efforts” to address his problems and imposed a two year community order.

He ordered him to carry out up to 30 days rehabilitation activities and imposed a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He also ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for the same period.