April 2005

Man had indecent child pics

Police found a collection of indecent images of children when they raided a house in Witham.

A court heard how a total of 64 indecent images were discovered on Michael Athey’s computer after the police raid last summer.

Athey, 37, admitted four charges of possessing indecent images of children when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court and was given a three-year rehabilitation order yesterday.

He was also told to attend a sex offenders’ course run by the probation service and stay on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Judge Charles Gratwicke told him he would be jailed if he broke the order.

Maria Dineen, mitigating, said Athey, of Rosebay Close, was at a loss to explain why he had got involved in the “sordid side” of computer-generated images.

Athey had expressed genuine remorse and there was little likelihood of him reoffending, Miss Dineen said.