Nuthall man downloaded child porn of 'nine-month-old babies in distress'

A Nuthall man who downloaded sick child porn that featured “nine-month-old babies in distress” tried to unplug his computer when police called, a court heard.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 8:15 am

Officers were speaking to Jonathan Read on the doorstep of his family home on April 17, last year, when he ran up to his bedroom, but they followed him, said prosecutor Almas Ben-Aribia.

A total of 1,235 indecent images were found on his devices, showing children aged between nine months and 12 years, that were downloaded between April 2017 and Apri 2020.

There were also Google searches for ‘bestiality’ and evidence he was part of a network on the Kick messenger platform that shared animal porn.

Nottingham Crown Court.
Nottingham Crown Court.

Read later told police he didn't realise watching bestiality was illegal.

In total, he downloaded 44 images and 441 videos at Category A, 22 images and 138 videos at Category B, and 309 images and 147 videos at Category C, where Category A is the most extreme.

Aqsa Hussain, mitigating, said "a custodial sentence would not be unfair," but Read had engaged with the probation service who believe there is a realistic prospect of his rehabilitation.

She said he has suffered from depression and has been socially isolated since childhood.

He lives with his parents and says he “became addicted” to watching porn at the age of 22.

“He wants to get better. He needs help and he can get that help in the community,” Ms Hussain said, adding that he now has a girlfriend, has stopped looking at porn and has "turned his life around" with a new job.

Read, 28, of Roland Avenue, Nuthall, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children, one count of prohibited images and one of extreme pornography.

Recorder Stuart Sprawson told him: “I have no doubt that you fully realised what the police were looking for and that is what they found.

“They were babies. These are not victimless crimes. They are exploited by others. They are deprived of their innocence.

“You should be absolutely ashamed and disgusted with yourself. One wonders what your girlfriend would think.”

On Friday, Read was sentenced to ten months, suspended for 18 months, with 40 days on a programme for sexual offenders, and up to 20 rehabilitation days. A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also imposed.

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