A SEX offender caught with 55 indecent images of children has been spared jail.
Police found the images of children aged between two and 16 on David Wilkins’ computer following a search of his home.
Wilkins, 56, of Everdon Lane, Anchorage Park, Portsmouth, admitted nine counts of making indecent images of a child.
Matthew Lawson, prosecuting at Portsmouth Crown Court, said the images were rated category ‘B’ and category ‘C’ – the least serious category.
He said: ‘The defendant was interviewed in relation to the computer.
‘He said that he had been looking up naturist sites, however the search terms entered on the computer are those more indicative of indecent images of children.’
The court heard that Wilkins, who has no previous convictions, is a reclusive man who lives alone.
He was sentenced to four months in jail suspended for two years and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.
Wilkins was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from deleting the history on a computer.
The order also bans him from using any device capable of accessing the internet unless it can display and retain the history.
Wilkins must also make the device available to be inspected by the police when requested.
He must attend a sex offender treatment programme and was put under supervision
Addressing Wilkins, Judge Linda Sullivan QC, sentencing, said: ‘Such offences cause enormous damage to children because of course the children have to be used in order to produce the pictures that were present on the computer and had to therefore be forced or pressured to engage in indecent behaviour.’