Bury St Edmunds window cleaner spared jail after being found with nearly 79,000 child porn images
- Credit: PA
A Suffolk window cleaner has been spared prison after being caught in possession of nearly 79,000 indecent images of children.
Michael Ransom, of Vinefields, Bury St Edmunds, claimed most of the images were already on computer memory sticks he had been given in a pub by a man called Steve five years before his arrest.
The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to nine charges when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court.
Four of the charges related to possessing indecent photos of children on March 14 last year and one involved making indecent photos of children on the same date.
Two further accusations related to possessing prohibited images of children on or before March 14, while the remaining two involved possessing extreme pornography with a person performing an act with an animal.
You may also want to watch:
Prosecutor Sheilagh Davies told the court in 2011 it emerged that a legitimate UK website had been compromised and webpages had been uploaded selling dvds featuring child abuse.
The site was blocked and inquiries to discover who had accessed the pages linked Ransom to the site in June 2011.
- 1 Man in 20s dies in collision between lorry and pedestrian on A14
- 2 Suffolk estate which featured on TV show on the market for £1.25m
- 3 Ipswich Town transfer rumours: Blues linked with goalkeeper and coaching move for former loanee
- 4 Car on its side in middle of roundabout after crash outside Haverhill Tesco
- 5 'Next season we'll have a right go' - Roberts on Fleetwood win and Chambers' future
- 6 Van's roof torn off as it gets stuck under Suffolk bridge
- 7 Biker breaks collarbone in swerve to avoid car on wrong side of road
- 8 Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich Town's 3-1 win against Fleetwood
- 9 Matchday Recap: Lightning start for Town secures Fleetwood win
- 10 Photos released in connection with two indecent exposure incidents
Miss Davies said in March last year police executed a search warrant at his then home in Red Lodge, near Mildenhall.
Ransom was arrested, and his computer and USB keys were seized.
A total of nearly 79,000 images were found on them, the court heard.
Miss Davies said: “Those images are largely at the lower end of the categories. There are just a couple at Level A.”
Child pornography images are graded Level A, B and C with Level A being the most serious.
Ransom told police while viewing adult porn he may have clicked on a weblink thinking it would open up adult images. However, when “dodgy” images came up he left the pages straight away.
The court heard Ransom said he had owned the computer for around a year and had been given the USB sticks by a man called Steve five years earlier.
However, Miss Davies said some of the images found on the memory sticks were put there within the five years before Ransom’s arrest.
Jacqueline Hamilton, representing Ransom, said: “Since his arrest it is fair to say his life has been turned upside down.”
Judge John Devaux sentenced Ransom to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was made subject to a supervision requirement and must undertake an internet sex offenders’ treatment programme.
Ransom was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years, given a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order, and told to pay £150 costs.