Carnforth pensioner caught in child images shame ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s register

A pensioner who was found to have downloaded images of child abuse two years ago has been ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s register.

By Colin Ainscough
Monday, 8th July 2019, 7:44 am
Updated Monday, 8th July 2019, 8:44 am
Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

William Sumner Knowles, of Gaskell Close, Silverdale, Carnforth, pleaded guilty to possessing indecent pictures of children.

The 75-year-old also admits charges of making (downloading) 90 category A images - the most serious in legal terms - as well as 66 pictures deemed as category B images, and 73 category C images of children.

The offences date back to 2017, when police received intelligence about him.

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Preston Crown Court

Knowles, who appeared before Judge Andrew Jefferies QC at Preston Crown Court for sentence, was given a three year community order with a requirement to attend a sex offender’s treatment programme.

He must also sign the register for the next five years.In addition he must obey a five year sexual harm prevention order which restricts his access to the internet, young people, and the use of technology.