January 2005

Man blames indecent images of kids on ‘virus’

A MAN found with more than 1,700 indecent images of children on his computer claimed a virus was to blame, a court heard.

But Mark Craney, 33, from Knowle, was found guilty at Warwick Crown Court on 16 charges of making indecent images of children by downloading them onto his computer.

Mark Heywood, prosecuting, said Craney was arrested at his home in Mockley Wood Road where he lives with his long-term partner and his equipment was seized.

It contained a large number of indecent images of children.

Craney admitted there were images of children on his computer, but claimed: ‘I have got a virus from Broadband.’

Mr Heywood said there were a total of 1,793 images, of which 930 showed children nude or in erotic poses, and a further 171 showed children in sexual acts.