Child porn man to leave Matlock

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A repeat child porn offender is leaving town following attempts by his neighbours to have him evicted from his home.

In a letter to the Mercury, Peter Holland, of Whitewood Way, Starkholmes, announced he is leaving town ‘soon’.

The move has come about after his concerned neighbours submitted the petition to Dales Housing.

The housing association handed the 63-year-old a notice of repossession - meaning he could be removed for his home at any time - however he and his partner have taken it upon themselves to leave.

There was uproar following the self-employed plasterer’s conviction for viewing child pornography last month.

It was his second offence of its kind, as he was first arrested in June 2010 after being caught by his wife at the time looking at obscene pictures online.

One resident who signed the petition said: “It just doesn’t seem right to have him here.

“There are four children living opposite him.

“You have got a primary school too.

“I don’t know exactly what he was looking at on the internet but it can’t be good.

“I think nearly everyone here signed it.”

Peter said he understands his neighbours’ alarm, but believes the situation has been blown out of all proportion.

“I am not a paedophile. I have never harmed any children and I never will,” he claimed.

Peter said the first time around he had been driven into a state of depression by the fact that he had no work.

“All of a sudden I had got no money, I felt useless,” he explained.

“I felt terrible because I have always put in my share.”

Peter starting looking at pornography on the internet

“I didn’t go specifically looking for kids, the pictures just cropped up,” he said.

“These things just come up on the screen.”

His wife told him to leave the house and shortly afterwards he was arrested and held on suicide watch for four and a half months while the courts decided his fate.

Once released, Peter had lost his entire life.

“I lost my wife, I lost my three kids that I adored, I lost my house, I had not no money, I’d lost my job, my business – I had got nothing,” he remembered.

“I had got no purpose in life – I was absolutely the lowest of the low I could ever be.”

Compelled once more by depression, he found himself looking at child pornography again.

In November last year, he was arrested and his computer taken away from him.

Last month, Peter was handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence and a three–year supervision order, as well as being ordered to attend a course to combat his problem.

Since then, he claims to have been trying to change his ways.

“I’ve not got a computer now, I haven’t had one since November,” Peter said.

“I’m saying ‘look, I’m doing all I can to get back on track’.

“I really would like to thank all my friends and neighbours who have stuck by me through this and I ask people to look at me and realise I’m not a bad person.”