“Golden opportunity” given to Sandhurst man to seek help after admitting possessing child porn images

Published July 16, 2013 by JS2

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A judge handed a 46-year-old Sandhurst man a “golden opportunity” to receive professional help after he admitted to possessing images of child pornography.

Graham Willard, of Fakenham Way, admitted two offences of possessing indecent images of children – some on his computer and some on an old hard drive in a cupboard in his room. He was arrested after a routine call by police in May 2011 because he was already on the sex offenders’ register for a previous conviction.

At Reading Crown Court on Friday Judge Ian Grainger was told there were 130 images on the hard drive – 45 at the least serious Level 1 and 85 at the most serious Level 5.

On Willard’s computer, there were 114 images mainly at the least serious Level 1 but eight were at Level 5.

Sandra Beck, prosecuting, said Willard had previous convictions in 1990 for indecent images and in 2004 when he was imprisoned for four months for 28 counts of making indecent images.

She also pointed out, although there was no charge of distributing indecent images, there was software on his computer which was capable of distributing images.

Nick Cotter, defending, said Willard had co-operated with the police and pleaded guilty immediately.

He said the images on the old hard drive pre-dated the 2004 previous conviction but were not part of that conviction.

Mr Cotter said Willard had never had any professional help to deal with his offending.

He said he was employed but lived in a “cloistered environment” with his mother and stepfather.

A pre-sentence report recommended a community sentence and Mr Cotter said it would represent a “golden opportunity at 46 years of age for this man to receive some professional help from people who are expert in this field”.

Judge Grainger said Willard’s “obsession with images of this kind” was “deep seated and continuing”.

He sentenced Willard to a community order for three years, with supervision along with a requirement to attend a sex offenders’ programme and to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

He placed a sex offenders’ prevention order on Willard until further notice and banned him from using any computers except those at his workplace.

 

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