Man ad­mits hav­ing 4,800 child porn pics

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

AMAN has been sen­tenced af­ter po­lice found al­most 4,800 in­de­cent images of chil­dren on his com­puter.

An­thony Dixon, 60, was caught by of­fi­cers af­ter they were tipped off about sus­pi­cious on­line ac­tiv­ity at his for­mer home on Rainow Road, Macclesfield, a court heard.

And af­ter con­fis­cat­ing his per­sonal com­puter and discs from his house they found the il­le­gal images, 2,208 of which were of the ‘most se­ri­ous’ cat­e­gory of child abuse, a hear­ing heard.

In to­tal he had 4,787 ex­plicit pic­tures of mi­nors.

Af­ter search­ing his com­puter’s his­tory the po­lice found Dixon, now of South Park Road, Macclesfield, had been search­ing ‘recog­nised’ terms to find in­de­cent images of chil­dren, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of mak­ing 2,208 in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren; one charge of mak­ing 2,014 in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren; one charge of mak­ing 565 in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren; one charge of pos­sess­ing 4,787 in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren; pos­ses­sion of 1,000 pro­hib­ited images of chil­dren; and pos­ses­sion of 414 ex­treme porno­graphic images at a hear­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court last month.

sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at the same court on Wed­nes­day (Fe­bru­ary 4) heard he was also in pos­ses­sion of 414 ex­treme porno­graphic images.

Jo Maxwell, coun­sel for the pros­e­cu­tion, said: “Po­lice ex­e­cuted a war­rant af­ter ev­i­dence from in­ter­net watch about sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity at his ad­dress.

“In a po­lice in­ter­view Mr Dixon claimed that he was search­ing for adult porn and came across the in­de­cent images.

“A fter con­fis­cat­ing his per­sonal com­puter and discs of­fi­cers could see that there had been a lot of recog­nised terms search­ing for in­de­cent images of chil­dren and file shar­ing

Apro­grams in­stalled on his com­puter used to down- load images.

“He was in­ter­viewed again at the end of July last year and made no com­ment.”

De­fend­ing Dixon, Matthew Hig­gin­son said his client de­served credit for ad­mit­ting the of­fences in court.

He said: “He suf­fers from de­pres­sion. He has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and has pleaded guilty to all the of­fences.”

Sen­tenc­ing, Recorder for Ch­ester, Judge El­gan Ed­wards, said: “Th­ese are se­ri­ous of­fences that in­volves the abuse of chil- dren and that can­not be tol­er­ated. You ad­mit­ted your guilt which is to your credit.”

Dixon was handed a three year com­mu­nity or­der with su­per­vi­sion and told he must at­tend an In­ter­net Sex Of­fend­ing Treat­ment Pro­gram.

He was made to sign the sex of­fender’s reg­is­ter for 10 years and handed an in­def­i­nite sex­ual of­fence pre­ven­tion or­der., and told he could not work with chil­dren un­til given per­mis­sion by au­thor­i­ties.

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