Child porn pervert says he was abused as child

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A PERVERT jailed for downloading hundreds of vile pornographic photographs and videos of children claims he only looked at the images because he had been abused as a child and felt sorry for the young victims.

Paul Johnson, aged 34, of Dagnam Road, Arbourthorne, Sheffield, was snared as part of an investigation by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which monitored his internet activity and ordered a raid on his home.

Johnson was living with his father in a retirement complex in Loxley when officers swooped and seized his laptop computer.

He had downloaded 1,317 indecent photographs of youngsters and 259 videos – some graded at the most serious level and involved toddler-aged children.

Johnson pleaded guilty to 10 specimen counts of making indecent images of children and was jailed for 18 months. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

Prosecutor Michael Rawlinson told Sheffield Crown Court that when Johnson was interviewed he told detectives he had initially looked at adult porn and stumbled across indecent images of children ‘by chance’.

“He said he was transfixed because of experiences he had as a child – it had taken him back to that,” added Mr Rawlinson.

But Judge Simon Lawler QC said he found it difficult to believe Johnson’s story.

He said: “Last year the police discovered some 1,300 indecent photographs of children and 259 films of children. I had the misfortune of viewing a sample of those at grades 4 and 5 – the most serious level – and they were all very young children, some were only toddlers.

“You told the probation officers and police that your viewing of this child porn started almost by accident and you thereafter accessed it because you were abused as a child and became fascinated and obsessed.

“I have to say I find it difficult to accept your account bearing in mind the volume and material viewed.

“It does not need me to spell out the evils this brings – it encourages the bringing into sexual exploitation of young children and here very young children. It is impossible to avoid a custodial sentence.”

Shila Whitehead, defending, said it was adult porn Johnson was initially interested in.

She said he had had a troubled background, stressed he had not viewed the images for sexual gratification and said he was ‘deeply remorseful’..

“Some curious interest in porn transpired in 2008 which led to the offences being committed,” she said.

“He felt he was able to sympathise with those in the pictures he had downloaded and felt sorry for them and that they should not have been put through what they had.”

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