Child porn man is spared prison

A Starkholmes man has been told his repeated viewing of child pornography has fuelled the horrific industry.

Peter Holland, of Whitewood Way, was told by a crown court judge that his use of child pornography had helped create a demand for obscene pictures, which would stay on the internet forever.

Judge Jonathan Gosling said he had decided not to jail the 62–year–old in the hope that a special course might steer him away from offending.

But Holland was told to expect a 12–month prison term if he failed to obey a three–year supervision order, which included up to 120 days on the course.

Sitting at Derby Crown Court, judge Gosling told him: “People like you fuel demand for the creation of images.

“You may think they are out there anyway and you are not doing very much harm because you were not involved in their creation.

“But you are quite wrong.

“If it was not for people like you, there would be no demand.

“These children grow up to discover these images can never be deleted.

“No–one can ever remove them – they will always be available for people to view.”

Holland admitted six offences of copying indecent images of children between October 2010 and November last year.

He also pleaded guilty to having extreme pornography.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said the pornography was found when police visited his home and seized a laptop.

Holland had already served four months in prison after being found guilty of having indecent photographs of children back in October 2010.

At the time of the original sentence, a Sex Offences Prevention Order was imposed upon him, which give police the power to check his computer whenever they felt it necessary.

Howard Bernstein, mitigating, said Holland had never been in trouble at all right up to the age of 60, when he committed the child pornography offence.

At the time he was married and it was his wife who had alerted the authorities after finding the disturbing images.

The horrified woman then kicked her husband out of the home they shared.

Mr Bernstein added: “At the age of 60, he viewed pornographic images of children for sexual gratification, having never done it before.”

“He found himself in a very low state and describes himself committing this and the previous offending when he is depressed.”