A FORMER monk and headteacher who downloaded sickening images of children has avoided a jail term.
Michael Miller, who gave his name as Gregory Michael Miller in a previous court appearance, was handed a 36 week jail sentence – but it was suspended for one year.
The 80-year-old, who admitted six counts of making indecent images of children and one charge of possessing them, will be under supervision for a year and is on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Plymouth Magistrates Court previously heard how computer technicians at Buckfast Abbey found the images of children, aged seven to 13, on Miller’s computer.
Police arrested him on May 1 last year and later found more than 5,000 images of varying levels of seriousness.
Prosecutor Gareth Warden explained to magistrates that Miller told police he’d been looking at the pictures for six months.
Miller also edited the images, placing different heads on bodies.
Mr Warden said the pensioner admitted to police he had “always been interested in children” specifically young boys whose bodies he thought were “beautiful”.
The court heard some of the images were downloaded from a Chinese website and that it was purely “fantasy” with no physical element.
Mr Warden added: “The majority of the images were level one or two but there are a number of other pictures at other levels.”
The lawyer went on to explain that Miller’s computer had some of the most depraved images on a scale used by prosecutors.
He had 4,661 images categorised at lower level one images, 52 at level two, 26 at level three, eight at level four and nine at level five – the most serious.
However, 45 deleted level five images were also found.
Miller joined the “brotherhood” in 1949. He had taught at various schools making it to headteacher before leaving at the age of 55.
He then moved into the abbey where he also worked as a librarian.
Miller is now living in Bristol at The Eye, Glass Wharf, as part of a Catholic community.
A FORMER monk and headteacher has pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children.
Gregory Miller, aged 80, also pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates Court to an additional charge of possessing indecent images of children.
The court heard how computer technicians at Buckfast Abbey found the indecent images of children, aged seven to 13, on Miller’s computer whilst implementing new policies.
Police arrested him on May 1 last year and after further inspection found more than 5,000 images of varying levels of seriousness on his computer system.
Prosecutor Gareth Warden said: “The computer was for his sole use.
“In interview he told police he had been looking at the images for the last six months.”
He added that Miller had even edited the images placing different heads on the bodies.
Mr Warden said the pensioner admitted to police to having “always been interested in children” specifically young boys whose bodies he thought were “beautiful”.