OAP paedophile, 75, jailed

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A 75-YEAR-OLD paedophile who told police children enjoyed being abused has been jailed.

John Blackie is starting his second prison sentence after he was locked up for three years for possessing internet pornography in 2009, Durham Crown Court heard.

“As part of that sentence he was banned from owning a laptop,” said Liam O’Brien, prosecuting. “He was also only allowed to access the internet for specific reasons, such as looking for work.

“In April of this year police searched his home.

“They found a laptop, wrapped in a plastic bag, hidden in the dishwasher.”

The court was told an examination of the laptop found it had been used to search the internet for sexual images of children, and hundreds of images had been stored on its hard drive.

Mr O’Brien added: “Blackie was interviewed by police and admitted he had searched for and downloaded the images.

“He commented that it looked like some of the children were enjoying themselves.”

Blackie, of Hilda Park, Chester-le-Street, admitted breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order between July, 2012, and April of this year.

Tony Davis, defending, said in mitigation: “This offending and his previous conviction indicates Mr Blackie has a problem.

“It is a problem he recognises and one he hopes he can receive treatment for during the inevitable prison sentence.

“To his credit, he was frank and honest from the start of this investigation, and has not sought to waste any police or court time.”

The Recorder, Mr Bryan Cox QC, jailed Blackie for two years.

The recorder told him: “This was a determined effort to access these images which you are well aware you should not be looking at.”

Blackie’s sexual offences prevention order was extended for the rest of his life.