Man had more than 200 indecent images on laptop

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A pervert was found to have downloaded more than 200 indecent images of boys after police seized a computer from his West Yorkshire home.

John Kear, 43, was arrested after officers seized a laptop from his home on Westwood Road, Castleford, on April 22.

Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said West Yorkshire Police went to the address after receiving information that the internet provider address linked to that property had been used to access illegal images.

Kear was interviewed and told officers he had bought the laptop a year earlier and had used it to access adult pornography.

He admitted that he then used it to access sexual images of boys aged between 14 and 16.

Mr Nassiri said 237 indecent images and movies had been downloaded. A total of 69 movies and 20 images were at category A - the most serious level of offending.

Kear was released on bail and went to live at an address in Manchester where he was arrested a second a time in possession of the same laptop.

Kear, now of Coniston Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to nine offences of making indecent photographs of a child.

Jonathan Devlin, mitigating, said Kear had accessed the images over a short period of time and had accepted full responsibility for his offending at an early stage.

He said Kear was willing to receive treatment to address his offending behaviour.

He was made the subject of three year community order during which he must take part in a sex offender treatment programme. Kear was also ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work.

Judge Neil Clark said: “Anybody who downloads images and stores them contributes to the unhappiness of the people who are abused.

“The psychological impact of this is probably far more significant for them than the physical impact. That is why it is a serious offence.”