November 2018

Man, 60, looked at indecent child pictures

A  pervert trawled the internet for indecent pictures of children on his birthday, a court heard yesterday.

Christopher Long was caught with more than 300 images on a lap-top and hard-drive after police searched his North Yorkshire home in July last year.

The 60-year-old’s internet search history showed he had got some photos from a Russian website and had been looking for girls aged 12 and upwards.

When he was interviewed, he admitted having a keen interest in pornography, but insisted he was not aroused by children and more thrilled by possessing something he knew should not.

He said he had been stressed at work – describing it as “the mad month” – before looking at the child pictures “for a cheap thrill”.

Long, of Boltby, Thirsk, admitted six charges of making indecent images of children and two of possessing prohibited images.

He was given a two-year community order by Judge Stephen Ashurst, who told him: “You knew this material was illegal, and acknowledge, as every right-thinking member of society does, that behind each of those images is a child who has been abused.

“The Probation Service assess you as being a low risk of reoffending, and the fact of your conviction and any publicity is going to reinforce in your mind the need for strict compliance with the law in future.”

Long was also ordered to 30 days of rehabilitation activity, and was put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.