A PERVERT from Stratford who had hundreds of images of child abuse on his computer and shared some of them with another person in an online chat room has been jailed.
James Wright had pleaded guilty to six charges of making indecent images of children, one of possessing such images and two of distributing them.
And at Warwick Crown Court the 39 year-old of Shelbourne Road, Stratford, was jailed for 18 months by Recorder Anthony Potter.
In addition he was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order imposing conditions on his use of the internet.
The court heard the charges reflected what the police found after going to Wright’s home in November 2014 and seizing two computers.
On one of them were 74 hardcore category A still images and 23 movies, together with a further 360 images and 27 movies showing children involved in sex acts or naked.
But Recorder Potter pointed out Wright had also accepted downloading other images which had not been graded by the officers who examined the computer.
He told Wright: “What is distressing in this case was the creation by you of a Skype account specifically with the purpose of accessing adult chat rooms.
“You had done that and exchanged not just discussion, but had shared images with other people, and they had shared images with you.
“One of those you shared was a category A image involving the serious sexual abuse of a child.”
Recorder Potter said although the offences were aggravated by the period of time over which Wright had been involved with indecent images of children, the ones he distributed included only one category A image, rather than a number of them.
The court had heard that Wright assists his disabled sister, with whom he lived, and their mother, who lived nearby.
And Recorder Potter told him: “I take account of the fact that up until this stage you have led a blameless life.
“But the fact is, as you recognise, images of this sort are only produced as a result of exploitation of children, which causes them to suffer immeasurable harm and distress.
“I have considered whether I can suspend the sentence, but I take the view it would not be consistent with my public duty.”