March 2015

Pensioner pleads guilty to string of offences involving child abuse images

William Johnstone, from Herm Close in Broadfield, was charged with distributing two indecent images of children at his previous address in Burgess Hill on December 30, 2013.

He was also charged with three counts of making indecent images of children – one photograph of category B and 25 of category C, and making an indecent video of a child at category C.

The 66-year-old pleaded guilty to all five offences at Crawley Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday.

The court heard how police executed a search warrant at his previous address and seized various items including a computer and several disks, where the images were discovered.

Johnstone was released on conditional bail and the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared ahead of a hearing at the same court on April 16.

Until that time he is prohibited from contacting any child under the age of 16, unless supervised by an adult.