Loner spared jail after cops found images of beastiality and abuse of children as young as 12 on computer

A sex offender caught with sickening child abuse images on his computer devices has kept his freedom.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 4:35 pm
Newcastle Crown Court.

Mark Robson, who has a previous conviction for engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, had three illegal movies and pictures featuring victims estimated to be between the ages of 12 and 16.

The 49-year-old also had a collection of 512 prohibited images.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Robson's home was raided by the police in June 2018 after they alerted to illegal images being shared over Whatsapp.

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Prosecutor Vince Ward told the court: "Police had intelligence that peer to peer software was being used by an IP address associated with the defendant.

"It had been used to share indecent images of children and images of beastiality between June 5, 2017 and May 29, 2018."

The court heard when police carried out a morning raid at Robson's home where they seized internet equipment and found the illegal images.

Robson, of Waskerley Road, Barmston, Washington, admitted having two category A moving images, which is the most serious category of their type and one category B still image, plus 512 prohibited images.

Jamie Adams, defending, said: "This man has spent far too much time by himself in the last few years, probably and ironically brought about by his offending in the past and causing him to be something of a recluse from society, which doesn't help."

Mr recorder Craig Hassall said Robson's previous conviction, which was ten years ago, was a "worrying factor" and added: "The police came to your home because of intelligence material they had been given about the sharing of indecent images of children and extreme pornography through Whatsapp.

"They seized a number of items of computer hardwear from your house and found a number of illegal images."

Robson was sentenced by the judge to a community order for three years with programme and rehabilitation requirements and ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work.

The court ordered that he must abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order and sign the sex offenders register for the next five years.

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