November 2018

‘OK I look but I don’t do anything more…’ – This pervert pensioner’s response after police raid his home for indecent photos of children

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Pensioner Peter Clark was caught with indecent images of children on his computer.

Police went to the 70-year-old’s Biddulph home after they became aware of him downloading the material from the internet.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the grandfather had 156 illegal photographs on his devices – along with a number of ‘extreme pornographic images’.

Prosecutor David Bennett said: “Officers had cause to go to the defendant’s home address on January 11, where he lived with his wife.

“The defendant was informed he was going to be arrested and his response was, ‘Yes OK I look at it but I don’t do anything more than that’.

“Officers seized a number of devices and images were found on two of them – a Dell computer and a Canon camera.

“When he was interviewed after the items had been examined, he admitted he had downloaded the images. He explained that he had printed off some of the downloaded images and taken photographs of them with his camera.

“He said he experienced greater satisfaction when viewing printed images than on the computer, and that he had since burned the printed images.”

The court heard 61 of the images were classed as Category A – the most serious – while 24 were Category B and 71 were Category C. They had all been deleted from the devices but police used specialist software to retrieve them.

Father-of-two Clark – who has no previous convictions – pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children.

David Farley, mitigating, said Clark had started looking at the images after he was made redundant.

“He had a lot of time on his hands and started idly searching the internet,” said Mr Farley.

“He admits this has been a proclivity of his since he was a young man but he has never acted on it.

“He says having accepted and vocalised his concerns about himself he has rearranged his priorities.”

The court heard Clark has engaged with a course provided by child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which had changed his outlook.

Mr Farley said: “It pointed out to him that these images require the abuse of the children they are taken of. He never really thought about that previously. He has now realised this.”

Judge David Fletcher handed Clark, of John Street, Biddulph, a two-year community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered him to do 80 hours unpaid work.

Judge Fletcher said: “You now understand that the photos of the young children you were looking at are of real children being horribly abused.

“The law views these sorts of offences very seriously indeed. You are someone who has been open about the urges you had when you were looking at the images.”

A five-year sexual harm prevention order was imposed which limits Clark’s use of the internet. He will be on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.