March 2021

Man caught with hundreds of indecent images of children told police they ‘popped up’ on his computer

A man caught downloading hundreds of indecent images of children has avoided jail.

John Glynn told police the disturbing images appeared on his computer as “pop-ups” when he was arrested last year.

The 64-year-old used anti-forensic software in a bid to cover up his twisted crimes.

Police visited Glynn at his home on Hawthorne Avenue, Wigan, on June 14.

They seized his computers acting on information they had received.

On his devices, officers found 347 category A images, 252 category B images and 565 category C images.

Glynn, who has 14 grandchildren, told police he downloaded the images “by accident” after they popped up on his computer.

Bolton Crown Court heard how he ran the anti-forensic software in an attempt to conceal his actions 400 times in one year.

John Close, prosecuting, said a number of files had been deleted using the software. When arrested, Glynn gave no comment replies.

He was later charged with three counts of downloading indecent photographs of a child between December 2017 and June 2020.

Glynn was handed 45 rehabilitation requirement days, a community order and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.