Cornwall College lecturer had sick collection of 1,000 child sexual abuse images
A Cornwall College lecturer has been unmasked as a paedophile who had images of girls as young as three being raped.
Andrew Price, 57, was found to have more than 1,000 indecent images of children when police seized his laptop last August.
Price, of Fore Street, Grampound Road, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children.
Prosecuting the case, Ramsay Quaife said: “Police officers searched the defendant’s home on August 29 last year following information that the defendant uploaded an indecent image of a child on Kik messenger.
“The IP address was linked to the defendant’s home and police sized a number of decent images.”
Price’s laptop was found to have 290 category A indecent images of children, 317 category B and 606 category C.
Only two were accessible as the rest had been deleted and there was also cleaner software on the laptop.
The images were downloaded between March 2017 and August 2019.
The sick material showed children as young as three being raped.
His laptop history also showed searches relating to schoolgirls.
Sentencing Price, Judge Robert Linford said that those convicted of such offences in his court are given one chance and one chance only providing they have no previous convictions and are ready and willing to engage with rehab.
He said: “These images are not created by some computer. These are real children being savagely abused. How someone can get kicks from seeing a three-year-old girl raped is beyond the comprehension of any right thinking member of the community.
“This is the only chance you’ll get.”
Price was given a 16-month sentence, suspended for two years. He must complete a sex offenders’ rehabilitation programme and 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
He was also made subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.
According to his Linkedin page he has worked at Cornwall College since 2016.