May 2011

Hundreds of child porn images found on Sunderland man’s computer

A LONER is behind bars after being caught with a stash of child porn on computers in his bedroom.

Wesley Sproat, who lived with his mum, confessed he had been accessing the sickening material for almost a decade.

The 25-year-old was collared when police raided his Sunderland home on August 25 last year.

Of the 1,978 movies and images found, more than 800 were classed as category four and five – the most serious of their type.

Sproat, of Caspian Square, Hylton Castle, pleaded guilty to 23 charges of possessing indecent images.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he also had a collection of other extreme porn and a sinister cartoon showing the abuse of a child.

Prosecutor Robert Adams said Sproat admitted in interview he had been downloading child porn for about eight years.

Mr Adams added: “He was extremely frank. He admitted all the computerequipment was his.

“He said he had been downloading and storing material he had found.

“He accessed it regularly for the purpose of his own sexual gratification, for a period of about eight years.”

Judge Richard Lowden jailed Sproat for eight months and said he would be banned from working with children for life.

Sproat must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, and has been banned from accessing the internet or owning a computer for five years under the terms of a sexual offences prevention order.

Roger Moore, mitigating, said: “He is someone who has been leading a particularly unusual lifestyle, with very little time spent outside his home.

“It has been inside his room playing on his computer.

“There is no suggestion he has shown more interest in young children other than this.

“He has not been seen out and about in any suspicious circumstances. There is nothing more sinister behind his position here before the court.”

Mr Moore said Sproat had been accessing the material since he was a teenager but had never paid for any of it.

He added: “It is ridiculous to think this is available to people in such an easy way.”