Student, 23, caught with child abuse images – after showing them to a friend
Student Nathan Holland was caught with dozens of indecent images of children – after shocking a friend by showing him some of the pictures.
The 23-year-old went to the park with a pal where he showed him the photos on his phone.
The defendant was then arrested after the friend reported him to the police who found images ranging from category A – the most serious – to C on his computer.
Now Holland has been handed a three-year community order and told to seek some help.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the offences came to light after Holland had been to a park with a friend on November 13, 2016.
Tariq Shakoor, prosecuting, said: “They chatted and had some food together. The defendant pulled out his phone and said he had been using an entirely private network and in the defendant’s view he could go on any website without being chased and began to search for ‘school girls’ and there on his phone appeared indecent images of children. They were shown to his friend and his response was: ‘I don’t want to look at that’.
“The defendant changed the topic of conversation and put the phone away.”
However, his friend reported the matter to the police who then arrested Holland. Officers then seized his Apple Macbook and found three category A images, two category B and 56 category C.
Mr Shakoor added: “In interview he made full and frank admissions. He said he was viewing them for a week. He said he viewed them out of curiosity.”
Holland, of Waterside Drive, Blurton, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children.
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Holland to a three-year community order and made him the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.
Judge Glenn, who praised Holland’s friend for contacting the police, said: “There is a pre-sentence report and you acknowledge your wrongdoing. I think that you need some help.”