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Lowestoft: Defendant committed same crime six years ago

21:27 22 February 2013

Patrick O’Brien who was jailed for downloading child pornography for second time.

Patrick O’Brien who was jailed for downloading child pornography for second time.

AN 81-YEAR-OLD paedophile who downloaded child porn despite being given a suspended prison sentence for an identical offence six years ago has been jailed for six months.

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More than 700 indecent images of children were found on a computer belonging to Patrick O’Brien during a routine home visit by officers to check his computer following his conviction in 2007.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, told the court that following O’Brien’s conviction for downloading child porn in 2007 he was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), restricting his use of computer equipment.

During a visit to his home in January last year officers found O’Brien had an MSN messaging account in breach of the SOPO and had stored a number of images. Of the 740 images found, on a scale of one to five with level five being the most serious, more than 300 were at level one, 53 were at level two, 250 were at level three, 160 were at level four and one was at level five.

O’Brien, of Bonds Meadow, Lowestoft, admitted two offences of making indecent images of children, two offences of possessing indecent images, one offence of possessing prohibited images and attempted breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

Jailing him for six months, Judge Rupert Overbury said that despite his age custody was a “necessary punishment”.

He said O’Brien had pleaded guilty in 2007 to making and possessing indecent images of children and had claimed he was trying to identify people who were abusing children in order to provide information to the police.

Judge Overbury said that excuse was nonsense and said he was satisfied that O’Brien had the images because he was sexually interested in young children.

Andrew Thompson, for O’Brien, said his client had been sexually and physically abused as a schoolboy.

He said O’Brien claimed he wasn’t sexually motivated in downloading the images and this prevented him from attending a programme which could address his offending behaviour.

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  • Who decides on the layout of these pages? Uncomfortable mix of article about child porn offender and an advert using a japanese schoolgirl. ('Moko Mix' whatever it is).

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