Burnley man had almost 2,000 child porn pictures

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A MAN who had a stash of nearly 2,000 child porn images on his computer at his Burnley home was spared jail.

The town’s crown court heard how Jordan Halstead (38) immediately produced four memory sticks from a sock when police raided his home in January, 2011. Officers were to discover pictures of boys being abused, some of them tied up.

Halstead was arrested, said he was confused about his sexuality and claimed he used the images for artwork. He had a conviction for indecent assault on a male aged under 14 in 1992, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Halstead, who was sacked because of the court proceedings and was said to have since been suicidal, admitted 17 charges of making an indecent image of a child and had been committed for sentence by Burnley magistrates.

The defendant, now living in Eastbourne, was given a three-year community order, with supervision and a sex offenders’ treatment programme. He must pay £200 costs.

Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said Halstead had 1,908 images at level one, 30 at level two, two at level three and four and 42 at level five, the most serious level.

Mr Macro said the defendant told officers he used to be interested in women, he was not attracted to young boys, but liked the body of boys and liked to draw them.