July 2015

Man admits making indecent images in Skipton

POLICE found 247 indecent images of children, some at the most extreme level, on computers seized at a man’s family home in Skipton, the town’s magistrates were told.

Timothy Grainger, 33, described in court as “sexually and socially immature”, admitted 11 counts of making indecent photographs and movies at Gargrave Road over two years between May, 2012, and April, 2014.

He further admitted one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a dog on April 28, 2014.

The court heard on Friday that a number of computer devices were seized and on them were 49 images at the lowest level of seriousness, 144 at the medium level and 54 at the most extreme.

When interviewed by police, Grainger made a full admission and said that he had sought help from a charitable trust set up to help offenders.

Grainger, who the court heard now lived in a bedsit in Padiham Road, Burnley, but continued to return to his mother’s home, was vulnerable to internet images, because of his social difficulties.

He had no previous convictions, and there was no suggestion that he had distributed the images.

In mitigation, Alex Preston said he had shown genuine remorse and had successfully completed a ten-week course with the child protection charity, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

She said he had co-operated fully with the police, including the handing over of his computer hard-drive, where most of the images had been stored.

He no longer had his own computer, although he did have access to his mother’s computer at the family home, but it was fitted with a device that sent a message to the foundation if it was used to access pornography.

In addition, he had no previous convictions and was supported by his mother, who was with him in court, she said.

Magistrates said they did not agree with the crown’s case that Grainger should be sent to crown court for sentencing, and asked for a full, pre-sentence report, adding that he could still be sent to the higher court.

He was allowed bail on condition he was not left unattended with any child under the age of 16 years old and will be sentenced at Skipton on July 24.