A Bury St Edmunds man who downloaded indecent images of children onto his computer has avoided a prison sentence.
Nathan Wilkinson, 36, of Acacia Avenue, had pleaded guilty to two offences of making indecent images of children.
On Thursday, at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge David Goodin said that because the probation service had identified a real prospect for his rehabilitation and was considered at low risk of re-offending, Wilkinson was suitable for a community order. The court heard how police officers had gone to Wilkinson’s home on April 27 and found a ‘relatively low’ number of images and movies on his laptop computer.
Appearing for Wilkinson, Steven Dyble said loneliness had been the main reason behind the offences. Wilkinson had no previous convictions.
Judge Goodin imposed a three year community order with a 60 day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered Wilkinson to sign the sexual offences register.
Wilkinson was told he would be the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for the next five years and must pay £500 towards the cost of the prosecution.