April 2008

 Child porn man gives himself up

A man has avoided a jail sentence for possessing child pornography after he was arrested when he sought help.

A court heard yesterday how police discovered 176 indecent images when they checked Christopher East’s computer.

Sixteen of the images were at the more serious level, and one image featured a girl aged about five.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the pictures may never have been discovered had East not sought help.

He contacted the community health team, and they alerted police, the court was told.

East, 33, admitted nine charges of making and one of possessing indecent images of children when he appeared in court for sentence.

Judge Rodger Hayward Smith QC jailed him for a total of four months suspended for two years.

East, of Broome Grove, Wivenhoe, was also given a two-year supervision order, and told to attend a sex offender programme run by the probation service.

He was banned from viewing internet pornography sites, banned for life from working with children and put on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

East must also allow police to enter his home to check on him from time to time.

Judge Hayward Smith told East: “It is serious stuff, and it is appalling stuff. To see a child as young as five says it all.”

But the judge told East he should get credit for seeking help and making a full confession to the police.

The court heard police found the images when they went to East’s home on July 2 last year.

Nicola May, mitigating, said East was continuing to seek help, so that he would not be in this position again.