AFTER police found a staggering 14,000 indecent images of children on his computer, a Coventry man eventually admitted he had ‘an addiction’ to pornography.
Nathan Hanks then pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children, one of possessing a prohibited image and also admitted distributing images of children.
And at Warwick Crown Court, the 28-year-old, of Tom Henderson Close, Binley, was given a three year community order with a condition of taking part in an offender programme.
He was also ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work, to take part in a rehabilitation activity and to register as a sex offender for five years.
Prosecutor Peter Cooper said in September last year the police had information that a computer linked to Hanks’s home had been used to access indecent images of children.
When officers arrived at the address they were let in by Hanks’s mother and found him upstairs in his bedroom where they seized two laptop computers.
When they were subsequently examined, the police found they both contained indecent images and movies of children.
There were a staggering 14,403 still images, most of which were still viewable, in category C, showing children in naked or indecent poses.
The images had been downloaded over a three-year period prior to Hanks’s arrest. Some of them were available for distribution through peer-to-peer file-sharing software on one of the computers.
But when first questioned Hanks claimed he was interested only in fashion-type images of children, and had no sexual interest in them.
He said he had become disgusted by some of the images and had wanted to try to catch some of the people responsible – but accepted he had never reported anything to the police.
And when he was questioned again earlier this year, Hanks admitted he had ‘a porn addiction,’ but was shocked by the number of images found by the police.
Amy Jackson, defending, said that by the time of that second interview Hanks had accepted he did have an addiction to pornography, and he has been seeking help from the Lucy Faithful Foundation and Stop It Now.
Recorder Martin Butterworth said: “The overwhelming bulk of these images were in category C. Less than one per cent, perhaps 0.1 per cent, of the images were in the more serious categories.
“The guideline requires me to take a view that I should deal with this as a category C case, although it must be said he had images from higher categories which must be an aggravating feature.”