September 2003

Child abuse images pervert jailed

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A PERVERT who downloaded “deeply unpleasant and dangerous” child pornography from the Internet has been jailed for eight months.

Peter Finney, 41, was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years after admitting 16 charges of making indecent images of children when he appeared before Stafford Crown Court.

The court was told police had raided Finney’s former home in Shobnall Street, Burton, as part of the international investigation into a US pay-per-view porn website called “Landslide”.

Alexander Jacob, prosecuting, said British police forces working in conjunction with the FBI had established Operation Ore to investigate people in this country who had paid to view child porn images with their credit and debit cards.

Acting on financial information supplied by the US Post Office, Finney’s computer was seized and on it were found 16 indecent images of children, some of them of the “hard-core category” showing adults having full sex with children and committing indecent acts on them.

Mr Jacob said Finney had subscribed to the Landslide site in 1999, paying just under 30 US dollars for a month’s access. He had also subscribed to a German porn site last year.

Finney, now of Old Road, Branston, told police he had done it “out of curiosity” and did not know that looking at the images was an offence. 

Jailing Finney for eight months, Judge John Shand said he wanted to “send out a message to people who subscribe to these sort of networks”.

The judge said: “By doing so they fuel that trade, leading way down the line to abuse of children.” 

Malcolm Morse, defending, said Finney shared with his wife an interest in legitimate adult pornography. 

Mr Morse said: “It is an unfortunate fact that an otherwise lawful, if seedy, interest can very easily lead out of curiosity into the viewing of deeply unpleasant and dangerous material.”