Leeds pensioner who downloaded child porn is spared jail

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A Leeds pensioner who was arrested after downloading child porn movies has avoided being sent to jail.

A court heard police executed a search warrant a 73-year-old Brian Morris’s home in Leeds in June 2010 after receiving information about him accessing illegal images.

Analysis of the equipment revealed he had download 166 illegal movies of children being abused.

Nicoleta Alistari, prosecuting, said 104 were at level four and three were at level five – the two most serious categories of offending.

After his arrest Morris, of Ashton Road, Harehills, fully admitted downloading the movies and that he got sexual gratification from them.

He pleaded guilty to 11 offences of making indecent photographs of a child.

Anastasis Tassou, mitigating, said Morris was a retired bricklayer who had spent time in the armed forces.

Mr Tassou said married Morris had led a sheltered life for many years and had few friends.

He added: “A few years ago a lifeline was given to him via the internet. He spent most of his days sitting drinking and exploring the world through the medium offered to him via his computer.

“That led to him seeking out certain sites that are described.”

Mr Tassou said Morris was full of shame for what he had done and had co-operated with the police.

He urged judge Roger Ibbotson to impose a community punishment so he could receive treatment to address his behaviour.

The judge made Morris the subject of a three-year community and supervision order.

He said: “What is particularly serious about this type of offence is that by watching material like this, you create a demand for it which in turn leads to the most appalling abuse of children.”

Morris was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order which bans him from having unsupervised contact with children under 16 years of age.

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