Child porn man built up fantasy life

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A RAPIST who served an eight-year jail term has been convicted for downloading child pornography.

Jakob Wood had built up a fantasy life around an imaginary friend, a court was told.

Police carried out a search of his home, in Springfield Road, Blackpool, after they were alerted by a ‘friend’ from social networking site Facebook who had concerns.

Wood, 45, pleaded guilty to 22 offences of possessing and making indecent images of children.

Charles Brown, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said there were 246 images at level one, the least severe, 172 at level two, five at level three and 47 at level four.

Wood admitted downloading the material in a police interview. The images related to 2009.

In 1999 at Birmingham Crown Court, he was jailed for eight years prison for seven sexual offences.

These included indecent assault and rape.

Roger Baldwin, defending, said after serving that sentence, Wood had undergone a sexual offences treatment course and a sex offenders’ course.

“The present offences, though serious, are nothing like as serious as the ones for which he was dealt with in 1999.

“The defendant set about getting help when he was arrested.

“He is fully committed to further work to correct his thoughts, feelings and behaviour which he knows are wrong and harmful.”

Wood said: “I am deeply sorry. I just want the opportunity to get the help that will help sort my life out”.

Judge Heather Lloyd said the defendant had plainly gained sexual gratification from the images.

She said: “Children who are subjected to this revolting degradation are themselves victims of appalling crimes.

“By people like you downloading these images for your own sexual gratification, you are merely perpetuating this dreadful trade”.

Wood was sentenced to 12 months prison, suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision.

He will be on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

He will also be the subject of a sexual offences prevention order indefinitely.