Two time convicted paedophile pensioner Peter Cooke has been jailed again after he downloaded scores of horrific images of children being abused.
The 66-year-old registered sex offender was first convicted in 2009 of attempting to facilitate the commission of a child sex offence and four charges of making indecent images of children.
He was handed a nine-year extended sentence.
And a year later he was jailed for a further 12 months with one year’s licence for acting with intent to defraud the revenue. That meant he remained on licence until 2020.
But within weeks of his licence period expiring the defendant downloaded the child sex abuse photos. Some featured children as young as three.
Officers seized his laptop but returned to his home three months later and found another laptop which contained more indecent images.
Now Cooke has been jailed for 10 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Antony Longworth said police attended the defendant’s home on August 20, 2020 and he appeared to be anxious.
His devices were examined and officers found ‘ccleaner’ – software which erases the use of the internet – and TOR browser, which contacts the dark web. The laptop was found to have 23 category A images – the most serious; 21 at category B and 126 at category
Police went to the defendant’s home again on November 12, 2020 and seized another laptop.
Mr Longworth said: “The officer was able to determine the TOR browser had been deleted from it. It was sent off to be examined and was found to contain more images of children.”
The defendant accepted he accessed the indecent images. He said he looked at the images when he felt stressed. He claimed he did not get sexual gratification from viewing the images but felt disappointed with himself for looking at them. He said he bought the second laptop after the first was seized by the police.
Cooke, of Spinney Close, Endon, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of a child.
Cooke was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for 10 years and remains on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Judge Sally Hancox said the sentence had to be immediate custody. She said: “He was but weeks away from the end of his licence period.
After a device had been taken from his home images of children being sexually abused were found and he was in possession of applications which allowed him to access and hide images.
When a further device was found by the authorities he continued to behave in the same way.
He was told in 2009 what would be the consequences of any breach or if he acted in defiance of any regulation.”
Pervert pensioner downloads indecent images of children
Pervert Peter Cooke has pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of children.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard that the 66-year-old was convicted of sexual offences in 2009.
And when police carried out an unannounced visit to the defendant’s home on August 20, 2020 he made full and frank admissions to downloading the images.
Cooke, of Spinney Close, Endon, said he had accessed the indecent images of children for a number of months before the police bust. A second visit to his address was carried out nearly three months later.
Prosecutor Zaine Riaz said: “It appears that the dark web was accessed yet again and further images of children were found.”
Cooke will appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court for sentence on a date to be fixed. His unconditional bail has been extended.