Sunderland man caught with images of child abuse on his computer for second time

A man caught with child abuse images on his computer for a second time has kept his freedom.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 2:58 pm

David Fagan was before the courts in 2016 for having indecent images and given a three-year community order with supervision and registration requirements.

When police carried out a spot check in December 2018 he was caught with more illegal material.

Prosecutor Ashleigh Leach told Newcastle Crown Court: "He was being managed as a registered sex offender and at that time he was the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

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The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court.
The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

"The unannounced visit was to ensure compliance of that order."

The court heard an examination of Fagan's laptop revealed five child abuse images, of categories B and C, which are not the most serious of their type.

Fagan, 35, of Elemore Lane, Easington Lane, Sunderland, admitted two charges of making indecent photographs of a child.

Mr Recorder Ben Nolan QC sentenced Fagan to another three-year community order with sex offender programme requirements.

he said he will be on the sex offenders register for five years.

The judge said Fagan made "genuine progress" on the previous community order and a small number of images were involved.

The court heard Fagan has "significant difficulties" and mental health disorders.

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