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‘Lonely’ man accessed child porn images

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A man who accessed indecent videos and images of children had been lonely and bored, a court was told.

Michael McKeown told police when questioned that he had been looking for adult pornography and suggested he may have accidentally clicked onto other material and had not been sure of the contents due to an eye problem.

The 54-year-old of Spencer Court, Blackpool was placed on three years supervision, which will include an internet sex offenders treatment programme.

McKeown will be on the sex offenders register for five years and also subject to a sexual offenders prevention order for the same time period.

The judge passing sentence on him at Preston Crown Court told him “This is a significant fall from grace”.

The defendant had pleaded guilty to 14 counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant at McKeown’s address in January last year.

Two laptops and a portable hard drive were seized, as well as DVDs. Thirty five still images at level one, the least serious category, were found. There were three images at level three and one at level four was recovered from the hard drive.

Police also recovered a number of video clips.

During police questioning the defendant tried to suggest the discs had been posted through his letterbox.

He was a man of previous good character.

Chris Hudson, defending, said that although courts and society took a dim view of such offending, the case involved a limited number of images.

Sometimes courts dealt with cases involving tens of thousands of images, he added.

The children in the images looked about 12 to 14 years of age. Mr Hudson added “The defendant is a damaged individual and is vulnerable.”

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