August 2021

Man told police ‘I’m addicted to pornography’ after they found indecent images of children on his computer

Police found sickening images of child pornography after searching the home of a man who later confessed: “I am addicted to pornography.”

He was playing a part in the exploitation of hundreds of children who were abused so that the market could be supplied to meet the demand of men like him.

Some of the images were in the most serious category but he denied a specific interest in children, a court heard.

Andrew Davison, 54, of Mallory Road, Scunthorpe, admitted four offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Daniel Penman, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police went to Davison’s home on December 5, 2019 and found child pornography on computer equipment.

They included 37 images and 68 videos in the highest Category A but the vast majority, 7,807 images and 69 videos, were in Category C.

Davison had searched online for images of young children and some of the girls involved were as young as three years old.

There were a large number of victims in the images.

“They had been systematically stored in such a way that suggested a level of sophistication,” said Mr Penman.

“There appear to be specific searches relating to children. There is no evidence of any distribution of images.”

Davison was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence, 30 days’ rehabilitation and a sex offender programme.

He was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Davison was warned that he faced prison if he failed to comply.

“The keys to the prison cell are in your hands,” said Judge Nadim.