August 2015

‘Bored’ man accessed indecent images of children

A shamed man who relieved his boredom by downloading child abuse images for years has kept his freedom.

Christopher David Breedon, 37, confessed he accessed indecent images of children on the internet over a three to four-year period.

It started when he searched for gay porn and accidentally downloaded a film featuring an underage boy, he told police.

“He described he got a buzz doing something that wasn’t right and it fulfilled his boredom,” said prosecutor Rachel Masters at Teesside Crown Court today.

“He had used his computer to access such images. His long-term partner had been unaware of what he had been doing.”

When asked whether he had a sexual attraction to boys, he said: “I wouldn’t dream of doing anything like that.”

He admitted he sought imagery of teenage boys, enjoyed looking at the images but would not go out looking for children of that age.

Officers found 19 indecent films of children, including 12 at the most serious level, on a tower computer seized from Breedon’s Stockton home in a search on April 24 last year.

Breedon, of Cocken Road, Hardwick, Stockton, admitted making indecent images of children, and possessing one extreme pornographic movie in which he said he had no interest.

Peter Wishlade, defending, said Breedon was so ashamed he did not tell his family about his first conviction.

He said: “Essentially boredom brought about this behaviour.

“The computer was taken 16 months ago. There has been no recurrence, no attempt, no other computer purchase.

“He understands that what he did was wrong and he’s able to curb his habit.

“He understands the consequences of people viewing images and the effect that it has down the line.

“There has never been any suggestion that he has taken anything further than looking at a very, very limited number of images on a computer. It’s as simple as that.

“I think I can safely say that this will be his last and only appearance before a court. He’s that sort of a man.

“He’s never given any cause for concern but he needs to be punished.”

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said: “The court often has to deal with defendants who are in possession of vast quantities of this level of material.”

He said Breedon’s number of images was consistent with having the pictures “by way of curiosity rather than any further prurient interest”.

In light of his guilty pleas, previous good character and delays in the case, the judge gave him a one-year prison sentence suspended for 18 months with supervision and programme requirements.

Breedon was given a sexual harm prevention order banning him from contact with boys under 16 except in certain circumstances and governing his internet use.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.