Man jailed after police find 45,000 child abuse images

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A PERVERT who was found with thousands of indecent images of children has been jailed for nine months.

Police uncovered a stash of more than 45,000 photographs and films when they raided Alistair Cook’s home in Jubilee Court, Fareham.

Sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton said the 49-year-old had contributed to the untold suffering of children.

Cook was arrested after a website was hacked and indecent images of children were put on it.

He wasn’t the person who hacked the site but he went online to look at it and the police were able to trace his computer.

They raided his house in September last year and seized two computers which contained horrific images of boys and girls, aged from babies up to 14-year-olds, being abused.

The court heard he had spent years amassing the huge collection, from 2005 to last year.

It contained images and films that are classed as the worst of their kind by the police.

He pleaded guilty to 25 counts of possessing indecent images of children, seven of possessing extreme pornography and seven of possessing prohibited images of children.

Jailing him Judge Hooton said: ‘I don’t know whether you have come to realise that in fact, downloading these images, looking at these images, can only help encourage and support a vile industry which obliges children to take part in sexual activities and on many occasions causes suffering.

‘They are not willing partners in any of this.

‘It’s a massive industry which has caused untold suffering.

‘Anyone who takes part in it, as you have done by downloading these images, has helped to create it – you must appreciate that that is the case.

‘This sort of behaviour on the scale of which you allowed it to happen has to be met with a custodial sentence.’

The court made a sexual offences prevention order which restricts his use of the internet.

Cook will also be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and is banned from working with children.

Barry McElduff, defending, said Cook had contacted the Stop It Now helpline to address his problem.

‘The penny has dropped with him that this contributes to the harm of children,’ he said.