A POOL pensioner looked at “revolting” indecent images of children as young as two.
Anthony Edwards, 67, of Agar Road, downloaded the pictures of youngsters to his computer but claimed he had only done so out of curiosity.
At Truro Crown Court on Wednesday [Feb 5], Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police raided Edwards’ home on July 24, last year, seizing his computer tower and a flash drive.
In interview with police the following day, Edwards admitted watching adult pornography and admitted that he had occasionally seen a child image but denied looking for them.
A forensic examination of Edwards’ computer equipment revealed more than 2,000 indecent images of children, many of which were in deleted folders but others were in back up files.
In a second interview, Edwards admitted that he had looked at the material.
Mr Lee said: “He said he would look at them and delete them immediately … he said he looked at them out of curiosity.”
He also admitted that he had searched the internet for pictures using terms such as “young” and “teen”.
At an earlier hearing, Edwards pleaded guilty to 12 counts of making indecent images between May 5 and July 12 last year.
The charges related to images at level one to four on the scale used by police to categorise such material, with five being the highest.
Mr Lee said the prosecution viewed Edwards’ claim that he had only been looking at the images out of curiosity with scepticism.
Martin Pearce, defending, said Edwards was acutely embarrassed about what he had done and had shown remorse.
Sentencing Edwards to eight months in prison suspended for two years, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “The fact that in your case there were a large number of photos at level four [is worrying].
“Level four is, to put it mildly, revolting.”
Edwards was ordered to be under the supervision of the probation service for two years and attend an internet sex offenders’ programme.
He was also made subject to s sex offenders’ prevention order and told to pay a £100 victim surcharge.