A MAN admitted looking at pictures of naked teenage girls, but claims he told police he had seen ‘more serious’ images.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Andrew Sambrook was caught with 220 images on his computer.
In a way it doesn’t help you because you were still looking at that kind of material and the evil of that is it helps the dissemination of material of which there’s a numerous amount of on the internetRecorder Frank Abbott
Detailing the 51-year-old’s police interview, prosecutor Daniel Sawyer said: ‘He said that sometimes when searching for that material he would come across far more serious material and would delete and, in fact, report. That has been confirmed.’
Mr Sawyer added: ‘It’s quite plain this was something he’s been doing for over a decade.’
Recorder Frank Abbott said: ‘You’ve fully admitted you had an interest in girls between the ages of 12 and 14 because you wanted to look at images of those girls.
‘I accept that when you saw more extreme images you did report those images and contacted some relevant authority in relation to them.
‘It’s a curious paradox in a way. On one hand you’re aware of the damage that’s done to young girls when they are abused in this way, and secondly you were trying in some way to report the extent of your unlawful conduct.
‘In a way it doesn’t help you because you were still looking at that kind of material and the evil of that is it helps the dissemination of material, of which there’s a numerous amount on the internet.’
Mr Abbott imposed a three-year community order with three years of supervision. Sambrook must also attend a sex offenders’ programme.
Daniel Reilly, defending, said Sambrook contacted the police about images he found and contacted the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre on 15 occasions.
Mr Reilly said Sambrook, of Gale Moore Avenue, Gosport, contacted them ‘raising concerns over sexual abuse or sexual activity with children that he had come across.’
Sambrook has completed a course at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, aimed at treating child sex offenders.
Sambrook pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children. He must pay £350 in costs and Mr Abbott imposed a sexual harm prevention order and a registration requirements for five years.
Of the images found, 210 were at the lowest seriousness at category C, with four category B images and four at category A. All A and B images were in the deleted areas of the computer’s hard drive.