Lechlade pensioner escapes jail after child abuse images discovered
1:20pm Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
A PAEDOPHILE pensioner caught with child abuse images on his computer six years after being jailed for similar offences has walked free from court.
Colin Jackson, 67, has been ordered to undergo a sex offender course for the second time in the hope that it will finally stop him offending.
Jackson, of Russet Avenue, St John's Priory, Lechlade, had been jailed for 18months in 2006 after a large number of offensive images were discovered on his personal computer.
As part of that sentence he had been ordered to attend a Sex Offender course with Thames Valley Police.
But he also had to make any device capable of accessing the internet available to police officers with no prior notice.
And it was on one of these spotchecks on October 31 last year that officers discovered e-books 'with titles indicative of child abuse'. Checks of the machines revealed 103 indecent images.
Jackson admitted five offences of possessing a total of 103 indecent images of children.
Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said that on a scale of 1 to 5 most were at the lowest level of seriousness, but there was one level five image - the worst kind.
Recorder Stephen Hall QC sentenced Jackson to 12 months jail, suspended for two years for the new offences.
The Recorder told Jackson: "This is an evil in which you have been participating and involving yourself."
But he said it was evident that Jackson was 'highly motivated to comply with and attend a further sex offender course.'
An existing sexual offences prevention order, that any device that Jackson owns with access to the web must never have its usage history deleted, was extended. Computer equipment must also be made available to police officers at any time.
Jackson admitted in interview looking at the pictures for sexual gratification and that he thought the children pictured were aged between eight and 12.
David Maunder, defending, said Jackson's co-operation with police had been exceptional.
He added: "He says he is working towards trying to deal with the problem. That is the most important step towards rehabilitation that he can take."