Child porn man was ‘obsessed’

Court grab of Andrew Nelson - leaving Dewsbury magistrates' court. (d07021173)
Court grab of Andrew Nelson - leaving Dewsbury magistrates' court. (d07021173)

A MAN who downloaded more than 168,000 indecent images of children has been given a suspended sentence.

Police found a vast collection of child pornography on Andrew Nelson’s computer when they raided his Mirfield home in February 2009.

The majority of images were of teenage girls, but one film included a baby.

Sentencing Nelson on Monday, Judge Scott Wolstenholme said: “Accessing child pornography on a computer is not a victimless crime since the photographs represent the abuse of real children.”

Leeds Crown Court heard that Nelson pulled the power cable from a computer as officers burst into his home.

The 39-year-old told officers he pulled out the lead because there was pornography on the screen and a female officer was present. He said they would find things on his computer that he ‘shouldn’t have been looking at’.

Police ranked images into categories where level one is the least serious and five is the most serious.

Nelson had 168,034 images at level one, 418 at level two, four at level three, five at level four and two at level five.

Nelson, who runs Mirfield Computers, admitted 19 counts of making indecent images of children.

Freddy Apfel, mitigating, said there was no evidence Nelson had searched for the higher level images but he accepting copying them from customers’ computers.

He said 99.7 per cent of the images were of the lowest level, there had been no further offences since his arrest and he had not distributed any images.

Character references were also handed in to the court.

Judge Wolstenholme said: “It is clear you are obsessed with pornography.

“If I imposed an immediate custodial sentence, it wouldn’t be possible to do any meaningful work with you to prevent re-offending.”

Nelson, of Knowle Road, was given a 12 week jail term suspended for two years with a two year supervision requirement and 10 year sexual offences prevention order.

He must also take part in a sex offender treatment programme and sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.