The delay in a Warwick man getting dealt with for viewing child abuse on his computer was ‘no-one’s fault but his,’ after he had fought the case right up to the day of his trial.
But Shawn Perks finally admitted responsibility, and pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of making indecent images of children.
Perks (48) of Humphris Street, Warwick, was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to take part in a sex offenders’ programme and a rehabilitation activity.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC, also ordered him to register as a sex offender for ten years and to pay £250 costs.
Prosecutor Simon Burch said that in November 2015 the police went to Perks’s home where they seized a laptop computer and an external hard drive.
In the ‘unallocated space’ on the hard drive they found a total of 325 indecent images of children, while the laptop had a program for anonymous browsing on it.
Sentencing Perks, Judge Lockhart told him: “These matters could have been concluded so very long ago, but you chose to adopt a position of denial, which was most unfortunate.
“Between 2012 and 2015 you, on a number of days, deliberately searched for indecent images of children which you had an interest in, one which you sought to deny. “You instructed counsel to fight the case tooth and nail when you knew full well you had had access to this material.
“Each time an image like that is viewed by someone like you that abuse of that child who has been raped continues. Those images remain on the internet for a very long time while those children grow into adults.”