May 2016

Pervert sentenced for possessing and distributing indecent images of children

A man has pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Keith Harris, 62, of Milestone Close in Norwich, admitted at Cambridge Crown Court two counts of distributing indecent images of children and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

During his sentencing on Monday, the court heard police became aware of Harris’s activity after investigating an email address linked to a Twitter account.

Stephen Mather, prosecuting, said the IP address used between December 1, 2014 and January 6, 2015 was traced back to the defendant.

A search of Harris’s address, which at the time was a house in Arbury, Cambridge, was conducted and Harris admitted it was him police needed to speak to.

Mr Mather added: “He was interviewed on August 20 and told police he knew what would be found from his seized computers.

“He said it started as a game to find gay friends but once he clicked on one indecent image of teenage boys it became addictive.

“He told police he had sought counselling and realised what he was doing was equivalent to child abuse.

“Harris said looking at the images became an addiction and he would look at them when his wife left the house.He had been taking antidepressants and viewed himself as “a gay man in a straight marriage” but not a bad person.

The court heard what happened took its toll on Harris’s marriage, which broke down last year after 37 years.

John Farmer, mitigating, said the likelihood of Harris re-offending was “near to nil”.

He added: “This was more than a wake-up call; it sent a shock wave through his life.

“Harris was handed a 16 month prison sentence suspended for two years, a 35 day rehabilitation activity requirement and an internet sexual offending treatment programme.

He was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) was made indefinitely.