A man who was given a suspended sentence for downloading more than 1,000 indecent images of children bought a replacement computer so he could continue his perverted activities, a judge has heard.
John Greenway, 63, of Hall Close, Epwell Road, in Upper Tysoe, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of making indecent images of children.
He was jailed for 16 months consecutive to two months of his suspended sentence which he was also ordered to serve, and was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.
Prosecutor Tim Sapwell said that in March 2013 Greenway had been arrested and had his computer seized by the police who subsequently found 1,046 indecent images of children on it.
But just 14 days after his arrest Greenway went out and bought a new laptop.
He used it to continue downloading indecent images of boys, both before and after he was given a six-month suspended prison sentence in November 2013 for the original offences.
But in June 2014 his offender manager made an unannounced visit to his home and saw the new laptop, over which Greenway immediately admitted he was ‘in trouble.’
The offender manager opened the computer and saw indecent images of young boys on the screen.
As a result Greenway was arrested again, and the laptop was seized, together with memory sticks and discs which he admitted also contained indecent images.
Mr Sapwell pointed out that the three charges related only to the images found on the laptop, as it was not possible to say whether those on the memory sticks and discs had been stored there before or after his original arrest.
On the laptop the police found 237 separate images of boys, although there were also thousands of duplicates of those images which had not been included in the figures. Among the images were 17 classed as being in category A, the most serious.
When he was questioned Greenway gave a prepared statement in which he claimed he had acquired all of the images prior to his previous arrest in March 2013, and that they had been overlooked by the police.
But Mr Sapwell pointed out that Greenway had not purchased the laptop until April 11 that year, and it contained images which could not have simply been transferred from the storage devices.
Greenway’s barrister conceded: “There is not a great deal of mitigation available to Mr Greenway in this case. He accepts it was an offence during the currency of a suspended sentence. He accepts he’s going to prison today.”
He said Greenway had lived with his mother, who died in October last year, and had led ‘a particularly isolated life,’ with only two sexual relationships as an adult.
And although he had taken part in a sexual offender’s treatment programme as part of the suspended sentence, ‘it has not had the desired effect one would have hoped for.’
Jailing Greenway, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “You were sentenced in 2013, for making indecent images, to a suspended sentence order with a treatment programme.
“But shortly after that, in June 2014, the police came to your house, and you immediately said you were in a bit of trouble – and you were, because on your laptop were a number of images of just the kind for which you had been sentenced.
“These are real children. These are not people play-acting.
“Children are being abused for these images for a market, and the market is people like you downloading the images.
“You are directly contributing to the abuse of these children.
“I have only one option today, and that is to send you to prison.”