November 2005

Pensioner had child porn pictures

A PERVERT pensioner who had 178 child porn pictures on his computer has escaped jail.

George Curry, 64, was shopped by his internet provider who noticed he had been accessing paedophile sites.

Police raided his home in Cumbrian Way, Peterlee, and seized his computer. Examination by forensic experts uncovered scores of disgusting images of children.

Investigations revealed Curry had had an unhealthy interest in children for some 10 years.

He escaped a jail sentence at Durham Crown Court yesterday – but was placed on the sex offender register for five years.

Tim Gittins, prosecuring, said: “Police seized the computer and found that in the early hours of August 16, last year, Curry accessed a series of 14 websites.

“The Crown says it is obvious from the names of the sites they were likely to contain unlawful material.

“Computer experts found 178 illegal images of children on the computer and a large amount of child pornographic literature.

“When interviewed by police, he said he had only looked at the front page of each of the sites.”

Curry, 64, admitted 15 charges of making indecent photographs of children. He was of previous good character.

Dan Cordey, defending, said: “He has pleaded guilty and none of the images were of the most serious kind.

“It is difficult for Mr Curry being in court and he is gravely concerned at the prospect of custody.”

Judge Esmond Faulks sentenced Curry to a three-year community rehabilitation order.

The judge passed a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order which bans Curry from possessing any photographs of children, except family members, and he must have no unsupervised contact with any child.

H e must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.