February 2015

Convicted paedophile caught with more indecent images of children

A man who downloaded more than 1,500 images of child abuse images on the internet was caught when the police routinely inspected his computer, a court heard.

Peter John Furse, who was jailed for similar offences in 2012, was on a sexual offences prevention order which allows the authorities to monitor his internet use.

When his computer was checked, in December 2013, following his release, he was found to have continued with his “addiction.”

Neil Bannister, prosecuting, said Furse immediately confessed to his wrongdoing

Furse, of Rockingham Close, Rowlatts Hill, Leicester, admitted five counts of possessing indecent images of children between December 10 and 13, 2013.

They related to one image in the most serious range, category A, and 1,570 indecent pictures in the least serious bracket, category C.

He also accessed 373 prohibited computer-generated pseudo indecent images.

Furse, 53, was placed on a three year community order, with a requirement to attend an intensive sex offender programme and an internet sex offender programme, with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Sentencing him at Leicester Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: “In 2012 you were sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for possessing indecent images of children and you’re now before this court for broadly similar, but somewhat less serious, offending.

“As part of your routine monitoring of your computer the police found you were in possession of indecent images and pseudo images.

“It may have been preferable for you to have been charged at that stage, but the police wanted to carry out a full-scale analysis of your computer.

“You accept you require help for what amounts to an addiction for this sort of material.

“It’s going to be more profitable, in the long term, for society if you wean yourself off your addiction to this material.

“A significant feature in this case is that for the last year or more you haven’t offended again and there are realistic prospects the sex offenders’ programmes will have a significant chance of success in keeping you away from offending in the future.

“Some may regard what I’ve done to you to be a lenient course but it’s a course which is intended to ensure you don’t reoffend and that’s very important.

“There’s no evidence you pose a risk of carrying out any contact offences.”

Helen Johnson, mitigating, said: “He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and the delay in bringing him to court has caused huge anxiety and distress.”

Furse was told he will have to enlist on a sex offender register for five years and future internet use will continue to be monitored.

The judge ordered the forfeiture of the computer seized by the police.