Newport sex offender jailed for having "tens of thousands" of indecent images back behind bars
11:01am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A CONVICTED sex offender jailed for having tens of thousands of indecent images of children is behind bars once again after being caught trying to revisit some of the worst ones.
Michael John, 56, of Westmoor Close, Newport, was visited by a police officer on February 14 when he asked him about the precise terms of the sexual offences prevention order he was subject to.
Enquires were made, John’s two computers were seized and he was arrested.
Cardiff Crown Court heard five indecent images were found and a search had been made, through abbreviations for child pornography, for some of the same images he was handed a 12 month prison sentence for having on February 9 2011.
Prosecutor David Webster said then the defendant was convicted of 36 counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of possession and he was bound by the terms of a sexual offences prevention order.
The case involved “tens of thousands” of images, Mr Webster said.
John’s order included a condition of not using the internet unless it was for lawful recreation or the purchase of services for ten years.
However, Mr Webster said analysis of John’s computer earlier this year found he was looking for level four and five images which he had previously seen, although there was no evidence he had been successful.
John pleaded guilty, on his first day of a trial, to one count of breaching a sexual offences prevention order, five counts of making indecent photographs of children and one count of possession.
In the original investigation, it was found John had made a number of DVD discs with images on.
Defending, Harry Baker said then his client was caught with an “overwhelming” amount of images and was sent straight to prison with no support, but this time more can be done with him to overcome his issues.
“What he really needs is some assistance to help him to make sure he doesn’t want to do it again,” said Mr Baker.
He added John is a carer for his mother and was worried about the effect of going to jail would have on her.
Judge Patrick Curran QC told John there was no question he was heading straight there.
He said: “For such material to be produced, real children are subject to actual sexual offences and that is the vice of this form of offending.”
John was jailed for a total of two years made up of 12 months for breaching the sexual offences prevention order and 12 months, to be served consecutively, for one of the counts of making an indecent image.
Concurrent terms of three months imprisonment were given for the other counts of making indecent images and six months for the possession.
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