September 2019

Pervert walks free from court

A 77-year-old man who had more than 3,000 indecent photographs of girls between the ages of six and 12 on his computer has walked free from court.

Preston Crown Court was told that great-grandfather David Greenwood conversed with other paedophiles on a web chat site where the images were circulating.

Greenwood, of Fowler Height Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent photos of children, and three counts of possession of indecent images of children between June 2016 and June 2017.

Prosecuting, David Clarke said: “On June 13 2017, the police attended his home address in Blackburn and seized a number of electrical items.

“Police asked the defendant if he knew of a social media site called Chat Step, which he had been using to converse with others regarding images.

“Largely, the victims in the images were girls between the ages of six and 12 years old.”

Mr Clarke went on to tell the court that Greenwood had used search terms such as ‘young, good looking girl models’, and took part in chats on Yahoo Chat with others.

When interviewed, he accepted he had been accessing these sites and downloading images for 10 years, but had deleted a number of them and no longer had access to them.

Mr Clarke said that police had needed to use specialist software in order to find the images that had been deleted.

Judge Simon Medland sentenced Greenwood to a two-year community order, with 30 days of rehabilitation, and gave him a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

He also ordered destruction of Greenwood’s computer.