Man jailed for hoard of indecent images - Bedford

17/04/2015

A man, who admitted he had a sexual interest in children since he was a teenager, has today, Friday, 17 April 2015, been jailed for two years after police found a hoard of indecent images on his computer.

Gary Bennett had previously been convicted 13 years ago of taking an indecent photograph of a child, Luton Crown Court heard on Friday.

In 2004 he began searching sites for pictures and videos of children being abused, and over a ten year period amassed a collection of more than 15,000 images, including 302 at the most serious level.

His barrister, Natalie Goff, urged the court to suspend the sentence saying that 46-year-old Bennett now accepts he has an issue that he needs help with and had begun seeing a counsellor.

But Judge Richard Foster told Bennett: "What people like you fail to understand is that this offending has real victims, they are not just pictures on a computer screen, but real children who have suffered the most horrible abuse for your perverted sexual gratification." He said the defendant had used a sophisticated method to obtain the images having gained information from another sex offender.

Bennett, of Needwood Road, Bedford, pleaded guilty to nine charges of making indecent images of children.

Beverley Cripps, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said police went to his home on 12 April last year and seized computer equipment, CDs, discs and lists of search terms.

She said: "Analysis of the images showed them to be of girls some as young as two. Some of the children involved were visibly upset and crying while being abused." She said in his police interview he admitted he had had a sexual interest in children since he was 13-years-old.

In addition to the jail sentence, Bennett will be under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely and on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years.

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