A father-of-two arrested at his home for possessing indecent images of children told police officers “adult sites don’t do it for me now”, a court heard.
Self-employed plasterer Gregory Massey, who is father to two infant sons, appeared before Preston Crown Court to be sentenced after he admitted possessing hundreds of indecent images of children.
Officers visited his home on Guernsey Avenue, Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, during an investigation into a suspicious phone call he had made in May last year.
The 34-year-old admitted that he had viewed child pornography on the net and was arrested.
Prosecuting, Louise Brandon said: “He said he had viewed indecent images of children and had searched for child porn.
“He explained he had struggled with depression and stress arising from a lack of work. His marriage had collapsed,
“He said he used the website as a fantasy escape.”
Officers seized an iPad, two laptops, and two phones.
They were found to contain 267 level one images, one level two image, three level three images, four level four images and 185 images and three videos deemed to be “extreme”.
He received an 11 month jail term, suspended for two years, a supervision for two years with an order to attend an internet sex offenders programme, and was given a sexual offences prevention order and made to sign on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.
DC Ian Mercer, who investigated the case, said: “Any information we receive about potential child exploitation will be pursued with vigour.”
Call 101 if you have any information about children being exploited or abused.