March 2012

Computer programmer from Chorlton to sign the sex register for five years over sex pictures of teenage girls

A pervert who downloaded indecent images of teenage girls has been ordered to sign the sex register for five years.

Computer programmer Michael Ferry was rapped by Manchester magistrates who told him: “It’s people like you that allow these sites to carry on operating.” His home was raided in November and police found more than 100 images of girls aged between 14 and 16 in ‘exotic poses’ on his computer.

One image showed another young girl engaged in sexual activity, said prosecutor Dominic Geelan. The court heard that Ferry had made candid admissions. He expressed his regret and felt he had a problem and needed help.

Ferry, of Hewlett Road, Chorlton admitted two offences of making indecent photographs and was given supervision to attend a sexual offenders’ programme for three years as well as signing the sex offenders’ register.

Solicitor John Black, defending, said Ferry had found the whole affair very frightening and worrying. “He deeply regrets what he has done and his partner is standing by him and giving him her full support,” added Mr Black. Ferry was allowed to keep his computer but the court ordered the hard drive containing the images to be confiscated.