Father admits downloading indecent images

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A MAN who downloaded more than 180 indecent images of children has been given a two-year community order and has been added to the sex offenders’ register.

Robert Stenning, of Crown Street, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children at Ipswich Crown Court, on Monday.

Stenning, 60, admitted downloading and viewing the images but refused to reveal how long he had done so, said prosecutor Robert Sadd.

Police who searched his home discovered 187 indecent images, the court was told.

Defending, Joanne Eley said that Stenning had made frank admissions about what he had done. Since being arrested, he had resigned from his job and told people living near him what he had done.

Miss Eley told the court that although his wife and daughter had been shocked when told of the offence, they were continuing to stand by him.

Stenning had no previous convictions.

He received a two-year community order and an 8pm to 6am curfew at his home address for 10 weeks.

He will remain under probation supervision for two years.

Sentencing him, Judge David Goodin said it was unusual for a defendant to admit such full responsibility for what he had done and that it would not be in the public interest for Stenning to be jailed.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and to participate in a programme designed to tackle internet sex offending.

Judge Goodin also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of Stenning’s computer and flash drives.