Internet ban for Burnley man found with child porn photos

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A RECLUSIVE pervert who had a stash of more than 300 obscene child porn images has kept his freedom.

Burnley Crown Court heard how William Whitty (43) had downloaded the haul from the Internet, but was “very reluctant” to own up. He made no comment when he was arrested and questioned by police.

Whitty was given a three-year community order with supervision, but was excused a sex offender groupwork programme or unpaid work as he was said to have issues with self confidence and mental health.

The hearing was told that, about 10 years ago, he had been a voluntary patient at a mental health hospital for a week, after suffering a drug-induced psychosis.

The defendant, of Holmes Street, Burnley, had admitted 10 counts of making an indecent photo of a child, between April 2009 and January last year. He also received a 12-week curfew, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Whitty was banned from working with children and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years. He was also given a five-year sexual offences prevention order, prohibiting him from using any device capable of Internet access, unless it has the capacity to retain and display the history of Internet use and is made available, on request, for inspection by the police. He must not delete history of Internet use and is not allowed to possess any device capable of storing digital images, unless it is made available for police inspection.

Silvia Dacre (prosecuting) said, in February last year, police went to search the defendant’s then flat in Burnley.

They seized a computer and computer items.

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson said the majority of the images were at level one and the pictures at higher levels were relatively small in number.

The judge, who told the defendant he had considered his case with care, said he would normally order that Whitty attend an accredited sex offenders’ programme, but it seemed that was not possible.