Lakenheath porn addict had 570 child images

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court
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A Lakenheath man caught with more than 570 indecent images of children has sought help to cure his addiction to pornography, a court has heard.

Adam Harrison pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard that the 23-year-old was arrested after the National Crime Agency alerted police to illegal material in an email attachment.

Officers went to his Avenue Road home last December and seized a computer tower and two laptops containing a total of 579 images, including a video involving two girls aged six and eight. Andrea Lock, prosecuting, said Harrison had been “disarmingly frank” about his addiction to online pornography when interviewed by police, saying he started viewing indecent adult images at university and moved on to child images.

Ms Lock said 75 of the images found on his computers had been assessed as the most serious Level A, while 76 were Level B and 428 were Level C.

She said Harrison had asked police if there were any organisations he could turn to for help.

In mitigation, Daniel Taylor said Harrison, who had no previous convictions, was deeply remorseful. He said: “Perhaps in contrast to the majority of cases of this kind, he is eager to address his offending behaviour.”

The court heard that Harrison had voluntarily received 15 hours of cognitive behaviour therapy with charity Lifestuff, and had completed an online counselling course with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which works with sex offenders.

Mr Taylor said: “Mr Harrison became addicted to online pornography when he was a teenager. As time passed his taste for images of a more extreme nature grew stronger. He began to search for younger children.”

He said the illegal nature of the images was of more interest to Harrison than the sexual content.

“He accepted that these are not victimless crimes and for every photograph displayed on his computer there is a young and vulnerable victim,” added Mr Taylor.

Harrison received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and to participate in an internet sex offender programme.