07:40 Wednesday 20 February 2013

Web user, 23, downloaded over 100 indecent images

Written byPETER RICHARDSON

A PERVERT who downloaded indecent images of children from the internet has been handed a community order.

Stafford Crown Court file pictures

Luke Heather, of Thornley Street, Horninglow, handed himself in to police after officers went to his parents’ address, Stafford crown court heard.

Nick Burn, prosecuting, said Heather confessed that he had been viewing ‘inappropriate sites’ out of curiosity and was viewing pornography two or three times a week.

The police found a number of indecent images of youngsters on his computer, most of them at the least serious levels one and two.

There was also one image of extreme pornography depicting a woman with a dog.

The 23-year-old admitted five charges of making indecent images of children - 98 level one photos; a level one movie; 23 level two photos; 10 level three photos and three at level four.

He also admitted one offence of possessing extreme pornography.

All the offences were committed in November 2011.

He was given a three year community order with a sex offenders’ treatment programme and ordered to register as a sex offender for the next five years.

Judge Mark Eades told him: “It’s very easy when you are sitting in a room in your house to think it is entirely victimless to view indecent images of children.

“I think you are beginning to realise this is far from the truth.

“Having said all that, this is far from the gravest offence of this nature, the levels were mostly one and two and you have been up front from the word go.”

Mark Nicholls, defending, said: “He co-operated from the outset in this case. When police went to his parents’ address, he contacted the police and said ‘it’s me you need’.”

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