Man who downloaded indecent images of children caught with tablet in breach of court order - The Leamington Observer

Man who downloaded indecent images of children caught with tablet in breach of court order

Leamington Editorial 4th Jun, 2019 Updated: 4th Jun, 2019   0

A MAN who escaped being jailed for downloading indecent images of children breached a court order by failing to tell his offender manager he had a computer tablet.

But despite the fact that put Christopher Brown in breach of a suspended sentence, a judge at Warwick Crown Court heard that otherwise he had complied well with the order.

The 30-year-old, of Ploughman’s Holt, Southam, had pleaded guilty to failing to disclose an item to his offender manager, in breach of a sexual harm prevention order.

In addition, he admitted that put him in breach of a suspended prison sentence he had been given in 2017 for three offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Judge Peter Cooke imposed a new 18-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, with a rehabilitation activity, fined him £200 and ordered him to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Tim Sapwell explained under a sexual harm prevention order imposed at that time, Brown was obliged to notify his offender manager of any device he had which was capable of internet connection and to make it available for examination.

When officers went to his home in April they found a tablet in a cupboard under the stairs.

Brown said it had been a Christmas gift from his father, and by the time he got round to thinking about disclosing it, he had thought it was too late to do so.

Mr Sapwell said Brown had been convicted of exposure in 2016, when he had exposed himself to women passing his home, for which he had been given a ten-week suspended sentence.

Then in June 2017 he was given a 12-month suspended sentence for having after hundreds of indecent images of girls as young as five on his phone.

He had pleaded guilty to those matters on the basis he had not set out to search for the material, but had started receiving it through a social media group which shared adult porn.

The court heard apart from his failure to disclose the tablet Brown had been engaging well with the suspended sentence order.


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