Chorley man gets a 10 year sexual harm prevention order after he admits having indecent images of children
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Jamie Scott Wright, 31, of Durham Drive, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, was arrested after the police discovered he had been deliberately searching for, making and sometimes sharing obscene images of children on his home computer equipment.
Ordering him to sign the Sex Offender's Register for 10 years, Judge Simon Medland QC said: "Some of the children were very young. Many of the images – more than 350 of them - were of the most serious category and there were more than 2,500 other images.
"These are real images of real children really being abused. The effect on those children may well stay with them for the rest of their lives.
"It is greatly to your credit though that when the police searched your address you were wholly cooperative and assisted them by providing passwords.
"These offences are so serious that only a prison sentence could be imposed but because of your assistance to the police and your candid early pleas of guilty I will suspend it."
Wright admitted three counts of making indecent images and one of possessing a prohibited image of a child and an extreme image involving animals.
His defence lawyer said he had no previous convictions and had a settled address and good job.
The court was told he had taken steps to address his offending by enrolling and completing a course provided by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a child protection charity dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse both offline and online.
Wright will now be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years which greatly restricts his access to, and use of, the internet.
He was given an electronically tagged curfew and must pay £700 costs.
His computers and phones were forfeited by the court to be destroyed.