January 2012

TWO YEARS JAIL FOR CUMBRIAN MAN WHO DOWNLOADED CHILD PORN

A pervert from Maryport who downloaded child porn has been jailed for two years.

Ian Morrison, 33, formerly of Ellenfoot Drive, was found in possession of thousands of images, including some from the most serious category, five. He was charged with 29 counts of making indecent photographs of a child – through the downloading of graphic images – and pleaded guilty to five counts.

He also used an internet chat room in an attempt to “groom” young children, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

The images had been discovered by his partner with whom he has a two-year-old child. When she confronted him, Morrison claimed he was downloading them to pass on information to the authorities.

Alan Lovett, prosecuting, said: “He hoodwinked her and gave her an explanation that he was trying to access this information to give it to the police”

But when she found further images several months later, in March 2010, she asked him to leave and their relationship ended.

Police later tracked Morrison down to an address in Suffolk after he failed to answer bail in February last year.

Marion Weir, defending, said he was using illegal substances at the time and had “little recollection” of what was going on.

“This is not an excuse. He does express remorse. He is ashamed of what he has looked at and the effect this has had on his life and those of his victims.”

She added that Morrison, had also been the victim of sexual abuse.

Judge Paul Batty QC said: “You had a very significant quantity of images involving children.

“What is being done to those children is truly revolting.”

He added: “You were tasked about this matter by your partner: She effectively warned you off but you carried on for another six months. You also tried to contact children in a [internet] chat room for your own sexual gratification.”

Morrison, who looked gaunt during his appearance, was placed on the sex offenders’ register and banned from working with children indefinitely.

He was also barred from having any electronic devices in his possession and was told that any internet access would have to be monitored.

When police seized his computer they found more than 3,000 images ranging from the most serious to the least serious.