Hayling Island recruitment firm boss caught with child porn tried to blame staff

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THE managing director of a recruitment company who tried to blame his staff after child porn was found on his computer has been jailed.

Workers at Pinnacle Recruitment in Mengham Road, Hayling Island, were interviewed by police after officers found 162 indecent images and 92 films on Cy Coleman’s computer.

The company boss had told officers that images found on his home laptop could have been downloaded by a colleague.

Coleman, 35, who has a previous conviction for fraud, kept his story going until his case went to court but part-way through the trial he changed his mind and confessed.

Detective Constable Jamie Collins, who led the investigation, said: ‘From the outset, Coleman has tried to pin the blame on everybody else in the office. That was his defence.

‘The police will continue to pursue people who download such images and the courts will deal with them in an appropriate way, as we have seen with this man who has gone to prison.’

Coleman, who moved from Paddock Walk, Portchester to Mantagne Close, Southampton, after the allegations arose, pleaded guilty to 23 counts of making an indecent image of a child and one of possessing indecent images of children.

The court heard he had split with his wife and the mother of his first child since his arrest in January 2008. He now has a new partner, who was in court to see him sentenced and is standing by him, and they have a year-old baby.

Jailing him for nine months, Judge Frank Abbott said: ‘These are offences of downloading child pornography from the internet.

‘I have personally viewed the material and it’s quite shocking.

‘This material must come from someone who has such a perverted and devious mind it’s almost beyond belief.’

The judge praised Coleman for not forcing his colleagues to go to court.

‘I am afraid Mr Coleman has pleaded guilty to offences which must attract a time of imprisonment,’ he said.

‘You took the decision during the course of the trial that you would not blame other people and they would not have to go to trial and give evidence.’

Coleman has been banned from working with children and will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Justin Hugheston-Roberts, defending, said: ‘He is about to start on a journey.

‘A journey where he is going to have to realise and come to terms with the fact that he has pleaded guilty to offences of this nature.’