A MAN who accessed indecent images of children has walked free from court.
When arrested and interviewed, Colin Wilson admitted having viewed such images for several months.
He has now been placed on a suspended prison sentence by Judge Michael Byrne at Preston Crown Court.
The judge said: “Every viewing demonstrates to the people who trade these images that there is money to be made and a willing market. That is why offences of this nature, at any level, are serious”.
Wilson, 58, of St John’s Avenue, Thornton, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of making indecent photos of children, plus four of possessing them.
Craig Cleminson, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s address on May 29 last year. A laptop computer was seized.
Indecent images of children at all levels of seriousness, including the highest category, were found.
When arrested and interviewed several months later, the defendant admitted having viewed the images for several months.
He said he accidentally found an indecent image of a child and, in his own words, curiosity had got the better of him and he searched for pre-teen images.
Wilson told police he had no interest in children beyond the internet.
Ciaran Rankin, defending, said the number of images in the case was not a large amount. The defendant has since lost his job.
Wilson was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with two years supervision to include an internet sex offenders treatment programme.
He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.
Judge Byrne also told him “These offences constitute despicable conduct.”