A BLACKPOOL man who accessed images of child abuse on his computer has been jailed for 10 months.
Preston Crown Court heard that Terence Burns started to look at adult pornography on the internet when he became bored after losing his job.
Several hundred indecent images were found on his computer after police carried out a search of his home a year ago. The judge handing down the jail term said the most serious image in the case was one of the worst he had seen for some time.
Burns, 56, of Lulworth Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to nine offences of making indecent images and four others of possessing such material. He had no previous convictions.
Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said police executed a warrant at the defendant’s address on June 2 last year. A number of items were recovered, including a lap top and computer.
The indecent material included film clips. In all, the youngest children featured were possibly six or seven and the eldest, 13.
The defendant accepted having downloaded the images through a computer file sharing system. He told police he had looked at adult pornography and ended up downloading images of child abuse by following a trail.
In particular, he spoke of accessing a Russian magazine that led him to the illegal material. The prosecution accepted there was no evidence of Burns having shared the images of abuse with any third party.
Chris Hudson, defending, said the number of images involved in the case was not a huge number.
He said: “He has learned a very painful lesson. He is assuring the court this is the first and last time he will ever be before any criminal court. He is a sad and foolish man. He has succumbed to temptation.
“He was bored. He is computer literate. He accessed child images and this almost inevitably led to underage pornography. He says he initially used the file sharing because he is into science fiction. He has been catastrophically stupid and weak.”
Judge Andrew Woolman told Burns he had to send out the message “to those tempted to look at images of this disgusting kind that prison may well follow.”
Burns will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years, subject to a sexual offences prevention order and banned from working with children.