January 2012

Prison for porn addict with child rape image

A porn addict who downloaded more than 350 indecent images of children, including the rape of a toddler, has been jailed.

Christopher Dunn had admitted two counts of making indecent photographs and another of possessing an indecent photograph in relation to more than 40 moving images and was sentenced to four years in prison for each count, to be served concurrently.

Of the still and moving images, 253 were level four while four others were level five – the most serious.

Cambridge magistrates  heard Dunn, of Iver Close, Cherry Hinton, had already been convicted of making indecent photographs of children in 2003 and completed a sex offenders treatment programme.

Computer equipment had been taken from his home in June 2010, which formed the basis of the three new charges.

Charles Kellett, prosecuting, said Dunn had said he had downloaded the files as part of a job lot and they had not been specifically targeted. But he added: “The Crown takes the view it’s not something that could happen by accident.”

James Earle, mitigating, said Dunn, 28, had pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial in December and said much more adult than child pornography had been found on the equipment.

Mr Earle said Dunn was addicted to pornography which was for his personal use only and said he had made no financial gain from it.

He said he did accept responsibility and was “deeply ashamed”.

Mr Earle said: “They (his family) would accept and agree that when he is kept busy he manages to reduce his intake of pornography. He has managed to do positive things since the last time he was convicted back in 2003.”

He said Dunn had trained as an electrician but becomes depressed and despondent at times when work is scarce, which is when his consumption of pornography increases.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth told Dunn: “This court does, however, disagree with the probation officer’s view that these present offences do not constitute an escalation of your offending. They do.

“There are many images at level four and five, there are many moving images and so repellent are some of the images found of the rape, for instance, of a baby aged between 2 and 3, that it’s difficult to understand Mr Earle’s contention on your behalf in this regard.”

Dunn was also given another two years on extended licence, was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will have to sign the sex offenders register.