October 2008

Child porn found on ‘impeccable’ man’s laptop

Police found indecent images of children when they seized the laptop of a man of “impeccable” character.

Gary Cooper, 43, was living in Fordfield Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland, when the police paid a visit on February 9, Sunderland magistrates were told.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said Cooper’s laptop was seized and when its contents were analysed there were a number of indecent images of children.

He told police that he had been living alone and had watched adult pornography and it sparked off his interest when the images of children flashed up.

He said he had probably downloaded hundreds of images over the four years he had had the computer.

Mr Anderson said the images, mainly of teenage girls, were at the lowest end of the scale of indecency.

Nigel Barnes, defending, said he was a man in work, of previously impeccable character, who had blotted his copybook.

Up to two years ago he was a man who lived alone and accessed adult pornography, but other material came his way when he opened blocks of files.

Mr Barnes said he would look at them and then delete them. He was not the sort of person who organised files of his favourites and went back to them time and time again.

He said a 100 images over a four-year period was not a large number for the type of offence.

“He’s been in a relationship for two years. He’s got over this, he’s put it behind him, but it’s come back to haunt him.”

Mr Barnes added: “It’s a small amount of material from a long time ago, a brief spell in his life from which he’s moved well on.”

Cooper, now of Cornforth, County Durham, admitted three specimen charges of possessing indecent images.