Phone images snare lying child pervert

Michael Harrison, Hamlet Road, Fleetwood. Sentenced to 12 months in prison at Preston Crown Court on December 12, 2014 for possessing indecent images of children

Michael Harrison, Hamlet Road, Fleetwood. Sentenced to 12 months in prison at Preston Crown Court on December 12, 2014 for possessing indecent images of children

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A pervert who accessed indecent images of children has been jailed for a year.

Michael Harrison was spoken to by police when seen by two officers on patrol in Blackpool who knew he was on a sexual offences prevention order.

A mobile phone he had was checked - and it was later discovered he had downloaded indecent photos of youngsters.

Harrison, 25, of Hamlet Road, Fleetwood had pleaded guilty to ten offences of making indecent images of children.

Preston Crown Court heard police spoke to Harrison in the High Street area of Blackpool in May last year.

David Traynor, prosecuting, said Harrison was known to police and that he was on a sexual offences prevention order.

That required him to allow police access to any device he had which had possible internet access.

Harrison produced a mobile phone from his pocket and gave it to police, saying it was his friend’s. He claimed he himself did not use it for the internet.

Initially no images were found but a search term was discovered relating to pre teen sex involving boys.

Harrison was not arrested at that stage.

When the phone was checked a total of 32 indecent images were found. Fifteen were of the most serious group. Most depicted boys aged 11 or 12.

Harrison was arrested in March this year and accepted his wrongdoing.

He suggested the people shown in the images were over 18. He had previous convictions that included a sentencing in 2011 for possessing indecent photographs. After that, he was dealt with for three breaches of a sexual offences prevention order and not complying with notification requirements.

Jacob Dyer, defending, said Harrison had accessed a relatively small number of images and he had not had them for very long.

“He was drunk when stopped by police and would have been drunk when he viewed them,” the barrister explained. “They were viewed by him when alone at home. The images were not shown to anyone else.

“His life was a mess at the time. He didn’t have stability. He recognises he has a problem and he hasn’t yet been able to deal with it.

“He is not assessed as a risk of direct physical harm to children.”

The judge, recorder John Jones QC, told Harrison he had not paid heed to the lessons of the past, but went on behaving as he had done before.

The defendant will be on a sexual offences prevention order until further order and on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.