Child porn addict is jailed for 18 months

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A DAD who became addicted to child porn has been put behind bars after he was exposed by his own son.

Michael Perry attracted the suspicion of his son as he surfed the internet in a darkened room at their family home in Grantham.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that his son was already concerned that his father was using the computer on an ever increasing basis.

In June he found his father using the computer with the curtains closed claiming a bird had flown in and he shut the curtains to keep it out. His son later checked the computer’s history and was horrified by what he found.

Mr Scott told the court: “When his son opened the computer he found a download that contained 20 thumbnail pictures. He could see they were all child pornography. He closed the file and changed the password to prevent his father gaining access. He then spoke to his brother and they decided to confront their father but he denied all knowledge of the images in front of his two sons.”

Perry later confessed to his family. He offered to delete the items and forget about it but the family decided to contact police.

The court was told that at the time Perry was already the subject of a community order after admitting possession of 42,000 child porn images at a court hearing in March 2009. He was also banned from owning a computer except for employment use.

Perry, 57, formerly of Edward Street, Grantham, but now living in High Street, Lincoln, admitted six charges of making an indecent image of a child during June last year, and possession of 853 child porn images and breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

Perry (pictured) was jailed for 18 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

His lawyer Chris Milligan said Perry was addicted and was desperate to stop. He said Perry had been making progress but suffered a relapse which led to him downloading illegal images again.

Judge Michael Heath said: “The only sentence I can justify for these offences is immediate imprisonment.”