Judge’s warning to child porn pervert

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A PERVERT convicted of taking indecent images of a girl by getting her to pose provocatively for a camera has been given a suspended jail term.

Peter Bennett had been found guilty after trial of making indecent photographs of a child and also causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

And Preston Crown Court heard how when police searched his computer, child porn material was found, though mostly of the least serious category.

The 59-year-old, of Singleton Avenue, St Annes, was convicted by a jury of eight offences of making indecent images, plus two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, all of which he had denied.

But the defendant had pleaded guilty to 12 other offences of possessing indecent images.

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said the total number of images, including those taken by the defendant, were 234.

Of those, 207 were at level one, the least serious category. Four were classed as level two, seven at level three, thirteen at level four and three at level five.

Rosalind Emsley-Smith, defending, said a number of people had provided the court with character references. These were mostly from family and family friends.

Prior to the convictions, Bennett had an exemplary character. He was someone very highly regarded among friends and family.

Miss Emsley-Smith told the court “The defendant accepted downloading images from the internet he believed to be no greater than level one. At no time did he search for images greater than level one.

“He accepts others may have come from pre-download websites.

“He has demonstrated a willingness and determination to work with the probation service, to make sure he is never in the same position again.”

Judge Norman Wright told him children were abused when indecent images were taken of them and ended up around the world.

They were abused a second time when they got older and remembered what had happened to them and knew the images were out there for people to see.

The judge added: “People downloading images keep the market open.

“If there were no downloaders of images, no-one would bother to take them and put them on the internet.”

Bennett was given six months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and a sex offender treatment programme.

In addition to the suspended jail term, Bennett will be on a curfew for 13 weeks, to run from 7pm to 7am each night.

He has been banned from working with children and will be on the sex offenders list for seven years, as well as being the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.