Porn per­vert ad­mits: I had more than 14,000 im­ages

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A MAN caught with more than 14,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren and an­i­mals told po­lice that he was just “cu­ri­ous” about what he could see on the web.

Mark Richard John Formby said he had no sex­ual in­ter­est in the im­ages, but was “cu­ri­ous what was out there on­line”.

Of­fi­cers vis­ited his home in Church Road, in Formby, in Septem­ber last year, af­ter his IP ad­dress was linked to the down­load­ing of in­de­cent im­ages.

Eve John­son, pros­e­cut­ing, told Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court, that they asked Formby, who has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, if he had ever seen in­de­cent im­ages, .

When asked where he had seen them, Formby replied: “On my com­puter.”

The po­lice then seized a num­ber of items, in­clud­ing lap­tops and hard drives, and found more than 14,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren. Of those, 787 were in the most se­ri­ous Cat­e­gory A and 331 were Cat­e­gory B. A fur­ther 110 de­picted ex­treme porno­graphic im­ages in­volv­ing live an­i­mals.

Ms John­son said: “Dur­ing in­ter­view, the de­fen­dant stated he had been cu­ri­ous about what was out there.

“He said he had no sex­ual in­ter­est but was cu­ri­ous at what was out there on­line.”

Formby pleaded guilty to three charges of pos­sess­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs of chil­dren, pos­sess­ing pro­hib­ited im­ages of chil­dren, and pos­sess­ing ex­treme porno­graphic im­ages in­volv­ing live an­i­mals.

He was or­dered to sign on the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Reg­is­ter and will be sen­tenced at Liver­pool Crown Court on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20.

Guilty plea – Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court

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