2003

Printer, 43, jailed after downloading child porn

A 43-YEAR-OLD single man, still living with his parents, has been jailed for 15 months for downloading child porn from the internet.

Printer Graham Pardue was arrested after police raided his home 

Neville Willard, prosecuting, said officers discovered more than 100 images, some showing naked children in sex acts, on Pardue’s computer.

He told Maidstone Crown Court that a forensic examination of the computer revealed the bachelor had been surfing porn sites throughout 2001 and 2002.

Mr Willard added that Pardue, who admitted 17 charges of making indecent photographs, had used his credit card to pay for access to one child porn site called: Lolita Love.

“When he was interviewed, he said he had come across the child porn by chance,” said Mr Willard. “However, he admitted thereafter he had made deliberate visits to such sites, downloading more than 1,000 indecent images of children.”

Detectives also seized a number of photographs, which Pardue had printed from the internet sites.

Mr Willard added that the printing firm employee said he had not distributed any of the images.

Pardue, of Roseleigh Avenue, Maidstone, bowed his head as Judge Adele Williams asked: “What if your mother had come across these photographs?”

John Fitzgerald, defending, said Pardue’s mother was terminally ill and did not know about his arrest.

He said Pardue did not have a social life and had not been in a relationship with anyone for 10 years.

“He is thoroughly ashamed of what he has done but at the time he thought it was more voyeurism than exploiting children,” he said.

Mr Fitzgerald added: “He has destroyed all his computer equipment and has no intention of using the internet again. This has been a serious lesson to him.”

Passing sentence, Judge Williams said that “right-minded people were revolted by this activity”.

She also ordered him to register as a sexual offender for 10 years after his release from jail.