March 2015

Jail for pub chef who says he became ‘addicted’ to viewing indecent images of children

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A pub chef who became ‘addicted’ to viewing indecent images of children has been jailed.

Jason Duncan, 48, built up a vile collection of 3,291 sickening images and stored them on three mobile phones and his home laptop.

Some of the images showed the sexual abuse of children aged as young as four.

Duncan, of Walk Mill Close in Wardle, Rochdale, would look at images for three to four hours a day and for up to eight hours a day if he wasn’t working, Manchester’sMinshull Street Crown Court heard.

He shared seven of the images he collected with another man.

Duncan pleaded guilty to 11 charges involving the possession and distribution of indecent images and was jailed for 20 months.

Lisa Boocock, prosecuting, said: “He accepted that he was addicted to indecent images of children.”

The court heard Duncan was arrested after a police swoop on his home. The raid followed information passed to police by child abuse online watchdogs who had become concerned about Duncan’s use of a network, which allows users to disguise computer use to enable anonymous communications.

Ms Boocock said analysis revealed graphic internet search terms and images had been transferred from the laptop to be stored on the phones.

Of the images, 1,367 were classed within the highest level of indecency.

Duncan transferred seven via his mobile phone to a contact. The court heard he claimed that he got the contact name and phone number from an ‘advert’ he saw in a toilet cubicle at a bus station. His haul also included cartoon and CGI images and images of extreme pornography.

Janet Ironfield, defending, said there was nothing ‘commercial’ about Duncan’s distribution and he was frank with police.

She said he worked long, unsociable hours as a chef and added: “He widened his searches from pornography he had become de-sensitised to. This was a solitary activity for this defendant. He fears he may have lost his relationship. He fears that he will lose his job and is contemplating moving away.”

Judge Maurice Greene said images were accessed and built up between 2012 and last year. He added: “They were particularly abusive images.”

A 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order was passed to restrict Duncan’s future computer use and he must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.