A YORK man was given a supervision order and made to sign the sex offenders’ register after admitting possession of thousands of indecent images.
Matthew Christian Duree, 41, of Knavesmire Crescent in South Bank, was sentenced by magistrates in Harrogate, after police found 6,216 indecent images of children on his laptop and desktop computers.
Duree pleaded guilty to 16 counts of possession of indecent images of children, and was told he would be subject to a three-year community order with supervision conditions, and would be enrolled on a sexual offences programme, and the sex offenders’ register.
Duree was also told he must allow police access to any computers he owned in future, and was prohibited from permanently living at private premises containing under-16s, without full disclosure to the child’s parent or guardian.
The court heard most of the pictures were in the least serious category of indecent images, but there were also three more serious counts, including some “pseudo photos”, with the faces of children pasted onto the body of an adult in an erotic pose.
The court heard Duree, downloaded the images in 2006 and 2007, and was traced by police after providing his credit card details to a criminal website which supplied them.
Duree denied the accusations when he was first interviewed by police, but pleaded guilty to all charges at a second interview.
The court heard Duree said he “would never download images of boys or pre-pubescent teens”, but had panicked when he found out police wanted to speak to him, and had lied to police during the first interview because his wife was eight months pregnant.