A Hatfield man who was arrested on suspicion of looking at indecent images of children told the police he was into naturism.

 

The 34-year-old said: “There is a lot of naturism and porn, but no children.”

 

But prosecutor Nigel Ogborne told Luton Crown Court Monday 15th that when the police examined his computer equipment they found 206 illegal child images and 46 illegal child movies at Category A, the most serious level. There were 247 images and 102 movies at Category B, and 1,409 images and 16 movies at Category C, the lowest level.

 

The raid at the man’s one-bed flat took place on 26 March 2014 and he was interviewed on 19 February last year. “He said the images  were disgusting and vile and said at the time he had no girlfriend. He told the police he was not interested in children,” said Mr Ogborne.

 

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three charges of possessing indecent images of children.

 

Alex Britton, defending, said his client was of previous good character and there was no suggestion he distributed or produced any images.

 

“He apologised when he was interviewed by the police. At the time he was working 70 hours a week and he was lonely,” he said.

 

Since the raid on his flat he had contacted a charity that works to prevent child sexual abuse. Mr Britton handed the judge a letter of apology from the defendant saying that he had ‘shown insight’ into his offending.

 

He asked the judge to pass a Community Order, saying he had “learned the error of his ways.”

 

Judge Barbara Mensah said the images were vile but passed a 3 Year Community Order with a Sexual Offences Treatment Programme. He must register as a Sex Offender for 5 years and abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, also for 5 years, and pay £455 costs.