March 2011

Child porn case: Suspended sentence for Dorset County Museum worker

A MUSEUM worker who used his work computer to look at child pornography and extreme pornographic images has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Jonathan Mark Lockett, aged 48, of Louise Road, Dorchester, admitted three charges of possessing extreme pornography.

He also pleaded guilty to 19 charges relating to the making and possession of more than 280 indecent images of children.

At his sentencing hearing Desmond Duffy, prosecuting, told Bournemouth Crown Court that in 2009 Lockett was working for the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester and was told he was going to lose his job.

Lockett, who had never been in trouble before, responded by using the internet at work.

Mr Duffy said that Lockett progressed to looking at adult porn and then to looking at child porn and extreme images.

In January last year when Lockett took his computer to be fixed images were discovered on his hard drive.

The extreme pornography charges relate to the possession of 18 images featuring horses and dogs.

The indecent images of children in the case were graded between one and five – with five being the most serious.

The charges Lockett admitted to involved 181 grade one images, 27 grade two, 42 level three images, 29 level four and two grade five.

In mitigation, Tim Shorter said that before these offences Lockett was a man of ‘good character’ who had never before been in trouble.

He said: “He is one of those people for whom it is true to use the cliché ‘he has never had so much as a parking ticket’.”

Mr Shorter said medical reports suggested Lockett was ‘vulnerable’ and would be more at risk than most offenders in prison.

He said: “It is said by some that to go to prison would be to put his life at risk by his own hand.”

Judge Samuel Wiggs sentenced Lockett to a total of five months in prison, suspended for two years.

He also ordered that Lockett attend a sex offenders programme and that he be placed on the sex offenders register for seven years.

The judge also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting Lockett’s use of computers and internet-enabled devices.

Judge Wiggs told Lockett: “Prison is usually imposed for offences of this nature, particularly when there are level four or five and extreme images involved.

“In your case I take into account the fact that you are in your 40s, you have never been in trouble before and have accepted your guilt at the earliest opportunity.

“I have to consider whether it is necessary in the public interest to send you immediately to prison and I have decided it is not.”