August 2017

Man who downloaded extreme child sexual abuse images avoids jail

A pervert who downloaded numerous pornographic videos of children out of “curiosity” has walked free from court.

Peter Collins, 58, of Rosevale Close in Hindley, had already pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children as well as possession of a “pseudo” or computer-generated image.

During yesterday’s sentencing at Bolton Crown Court, Judge Timothy Stead heard how married Collins had downloaded 15 of the most extreme category videos over a period of 17 months before viewing and deleting them.

Campaigners against child sexual abuse today branded Collins’s evasion of a jail sentence as a “farce.”

After confiscating his laptop, police found 15 “category A” (the most serious) moving images, as well as 13 category B and one category C.

All of these were “inaccessible”, after Collins had deleted them to cover his tracks.

Crown prosecutor David Lees told the court: “He said he did it out of curiosity after a discussion about paedophilia. He was undergoing family difficulties at the time.

‘Curiosity’ is not in consistency with the images found over a longer period.”

The court heard how Collins had accessed the sickening content, which predominantly involved children aged between six and eight years of age.

His wife was not in court for his sentencing.

Mr Lees suggested a jail term starting from at least 12 months.

Collins was sentenced to an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years, a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement, a sexual harm prevention order and £200 court costs.