January 2009

Child pornography ‘addict’ jailed for four months

A MAN addicted to child pornography has been jailed for four months.

A court heard that Jonathan Hyatt, of Bolton Road, Atherton, claimed he had obtained excitement with the risk of being caught.

But Judge David Harris QC said he believed “the excitement came from the images you were viewing”.

The indecent images found by police on a disc at his home included 43 movies, of which 33 were in the second most serious category of abuse.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the children depicted in the movies, and also in about 20 pseudo-photographs, were only aged between about three and six. Judge Harris said that some of the distressed children had clearly been coerced and intimidated and others had complied because abuse had become a way of life.

“You contributed to that state of affairs. It is clear the driving motive was to satisfy your own sexual need toview these images,” he said.

Hyatt, aged 49, had pleaded guilty to 10 charges of possessing indecent images of children. He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made.

Ben Jones, prosecuting, said that police went to his home on March 1 last year and seized his desktop computer and computer discs. When these were analysed the images were found.

Hyatt denied being responsible and consequently his wife and 21-year-old son were questioned.

Tom Watson, defending, said: “There has been a serious element of denial and a refusal to accept reality, but there has been a change in his attitude.”

He made a serious attempt on his life after his arrest and his marriage has broken down. Hyatt, who has had three heart attacks, will have to live with the embarrassment and label attached to such offending, he added.