A PERVERT who downloaded a video of a baby being bound and sexually abused has been jailed for two years.
The “repugnant” clip was among hundreds of indecent images found on computers belonging to John Johnson, Durham Crown Court heard.
“Police had been tracking child pornography downloads,” said Ian Mullarkey, prosecuting. “As a result of those inquiries, they visited Johnson’s home in Ryton Crescent, Seaham.
“Two computer towers belonging to him were seized and analysed.
“This analysis showed internet searches had been made using paedophilic terms.
“A program on the computers had been used in an attempt to delete the internet history.”
The court was told investigators found 142 indecent still images and 246 indecent moving images.
More than 20 were of the most serious level five category, and 155 images were categorised as level four.
Johnson, 39, of Ryton Crescent, Seaham, admitted one charge of making indecent images of children in January, last year.
The court heard he has two previous convictions for sexual assault on girls over 16 years.
Lorraine Mustard, defending, said: “The sex assaults were some time ago, and there has been no repetition since then.
“Mr Johnson knows he has a problem and has sought help with it. He deliberately keeps himself away from children, and, as a self-imposed safeguard, he refuses to allow any young people to visit his home.”
Judge Peter Kelson, QC, jailed Johnson for two years.
The judge told him: “All of these cases are repugnant, but the images in this case are more repugnant than most. The bound child was clearly in distress, which in turn reflects the depth of your depravity.
“I accept you have sought help, but you have failed at that and remain a danger, so strong are your paedophilic tendencies.”
Johnson was banned from unsupervised contact with children and his internet use restricted for five years.
He must register as a sex offender for five years.