November 2001

Jailed for computer porn images

A graduate who was found to have thousands of pornographic images of children on his computer and CD-roms has been jailed for nine months.

Jailing Adrian Pollock, Judge Brian Lewis said: “These photographs are truly repulsive. One can only speculate how these children will cope in the future. You played your part in their degradation,” he added, ordering him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years.

Pollock, aged 23, is believed to be the first person to be sentenced following the simultaneous execution of 44 search warrants throughout the country after investigations initiated by Manchester Police Force’s obscene publications squad.

Pollock, of Grafton Drive, Upton, had pleaded guilty to six offences of possessing indecent photographs, six of making them and three of distributing them.

Geoffrey Fryar, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Pollock’s computer and CD-roms were seized, revealing thousands of pornographic images involving children and adults. There was evidence he had distributed some via chat rooms.

Defence barrister Christine Johnson said that Pollock had no previous convictions and had started to stay in, glued to the internet, after the break-up of a relationship. He had had a good upbringing in a loving family but had begun suffering from an adjustment disorder after the break-up of a relationship and would benefit from therapy, said Miss Johnson.