Man jailed for child sex abuse images - Watford

22/12/2015

A Watford man has today, Tuesday, 22 December 2015, been jailed for 18 months after being caught with child sex abuse images for the third time.

Johnathon Williamson, aged 32, had twice been given a chance by the courts, but continued to endlessly view child pornography.

Prosecutor Neil King told St Albans Crown Court that Williamson was sentenced to a three year Community Order in April 2013 for possessing indecent images of children. He breached that order when he was caught with more child abuse images in January 2014 and received a 6 month jail sentence suspended for two years.

Mr King said a condition of his previous sentence was that history monitoring software should be installed on any computer in Williamson's possession, but when the police went to his home again on 5 August this year, they found a red laptop that did not have the software. They found 23 Category A images, the most serious, 28 at Category B and 53 at Category C. He was brought to court and was found with a Blackberry phone that did not have risk management software installed.

Williamson, of Clarke Way, Watford, appeared for sentence for breaching a Sex Offences Prevention Order, possessing indecent images, breach of a suspended sentence and breach of a community order.

Carl Woolf, defending, said Williamson had been drinking heavily and admitted viewing child pornography two or three times a week and adult pornography on a daily basis. "He felt isolated and found it difficult to talk about. He stopped drinking and for 6 months he was off it," he said.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "He takes absolutely no notice of any court order. He is wholly and completely consumed by his desire to endlessly view child pornography."

In addition to the custodial sentence, the Judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which included banning Williamson from having a computer unless it had risk management software installed.

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