August 2019

No jail for pervert with over 14,000 sick images of children

A pervert who was caught with a staggering number of indecent images of children has avoided jail.

Nathan Hanks, was discovered to have over 14,000 indecent images of kids on two computers.

He initially told police he was trying to catch the people responsible for creating the images, before pleading guilty himself to three charges of making indecent images of children, one of possessing a prohibited image and also admitted distributing images of children.

Despite his confession, Hanks, 28, of Tom Henderson Close, Binley, was given a three-year community order with a condition of taking part in an offender programme.

He was also ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work, to take part in a rehabilitation activity and to register as a sex offender for five years.

Prosecutor Peter Cooper told Warwick Crown Court that in September last year the police had information that a computer linked to Hanks’ home had been used to access indecent images of children.

When officers arrived at the address they were let in by Hanks’ mother and found him upstairs in his bedroom where they seized two laptop computers.

When they were subsequently examined, the police found they both contained indecent images and movies of children.

There were movies still images in the most severe category A.

Some of them were available for distribution through peer-to-peer file-sharing software on one of the computers.

But when he was first questioned Hanks claimed he was interested only in fashion-type images of children, and had no sexual interest in them.

He said he had become disgusted by some of the images and had wanted to try to catch some of the people responsible – but accepted he had never reported anything to the police.

And when he was questioned again earlier this year, Hanks told them he had ‘a porn addiction,’ but was shocked by the number of images that had been found by the police.