Portsmouth pensioner with 12,000 abuse images is jailed

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A PENSIONER caught with more than 12,000 indecent images of children has been jailed.

Guy Osborne, 69, was snared when police acting on intelligence raided his home.

Officers seized property including an Apple Mac computer and iPod as well as a number of movies and a magazine dating from the 1970s containing sexually explicit images of children.

A camcorder with five homemade films in which Osborne described his sick fantasies about raping young children was seized along with indecent images of children that had been cut out of magazines.

Experts who analysed the items seized on March 25 last year found 12,377 indecent images of children.

Most of the photographs –11,519 – were classed as level one – the lowest category.

But 423 images were in the most serious two categories.

And police found 152 indecent films of children.

More than a third of them – 57 – were in the most serious two categories.

Barry McElduff, defending, at Portsmouth Crown Court, said Osborne had voluntarily sought help for his addiction to child porn.

‘Mr Osborne wholeheartedly accepts his actions were completely and utterly wrong and he needs to get help for the future,’ he added.

Osborne, of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing indecent photographs of children, one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image and 20 counts of making an indecent image of a child.

He was sentenced to 28 weeks in jail and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.

An order was made for the equipment and images seized to be destroyed.

Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘There was no distribution by you of the images, I accept that, nor is there any evidence of actual physical contact with children which would be a worrying feature of the case if there were.

‘Having said that, there is a further worrying feature of the case which is that you filmed yourself fantasising as to raping children under the requisite age and you showed no victim empathy at all.

‘A person who views these images is contributing to the misery of child abuse.

‘These are not victimless crimes.’