April 2011

Plymouth paedophile had 10,800 images on his family computer

A PLYMOUTH paedophile kept thousands of indecent images of children on a computer to which his wife and teenage children had access, a court heard.

Ian Knapman ater admitted 11 charges of making and possessing 10,849 images at level one, 36 at level two, 57 at level three, 161 at level four and four at level five. Level one is the least serious category and level five the most serious.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that Knapman told police he viewed the pictures, not for sexual gratification but “out of morbid curiosity”, and had been doing it for three years. He had intended to store the images on a password-protected hard-drive.

Judge Francis Gilbert QC told Knapman: “What you did has brought shame upon yourself and no doubt strain on relations with members of your family.”

He sentenced Knapman, of Rheola Gardens, Estover, to four months in jail suspended for two years with two years’ supervision by the Probation Service and ordered him to complete the Internet Sex Offender Programme and remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.