October 2017

Perverted pensioner spent nine years looking at vile images of children

A perverted pensioner spent nine years downloading vile pictures of children, a court heard.

Pervert Clement Lingwood-Watts, aged 66, had almost 200 files on his computers – though many were copies

He started looking at child images after hunting for adult porn, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Handing him a community order, a judge said: “You have something of an addiction to internet pornography”.

Lingwood-Watts, of Harewood Road, Calstock, pleaded guilty to making or downloading indecent images of children

He had denied possession of a single Category A image of a child, which is the most severe category.

Felicity Payne, for the Crown Prosecution Service, offered no evidence on that count and a scheduled trial was scrapped.

She added that he had 181 indecent images on three devices, but he accepted only seven originals, with the rest being copies.

Miss Payne said that the Crown was not seeking to prove exactly how many different pictures he made.

Recorder Edward Burgess said Lingwood-Watts had sought child images after viewing adult pornography did not prove enough for him.

He handed the defendant a two-year community order, with 35 days of intensive probation supervision designed to tackle his sex offending.

Lingwood-Watts must sign the sex offender register for five years and was handed a sexual harm prevention order for the same period. It will allow police to monitor his use of the internet.

He must pay £500 towards prosecution costs and the computers will be destroyed.