Child porn and obscene 
images involving animals

A Belper man has pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography and obscene 
pictures involving live 
animals.

Michael Atkins appeared at Derby Crown Court where a judge imposed a three-year community order, after hearing that internet porn was found when police raided Atkins’ home in Naseby Road.

Atkins, 49, was also put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years. He had never been in trouble before, the court was told.

He admitted downloading indecent photographs of children; having indecent pictures of children and the possession of extreme pornographic images.

Judge John Burgess told him: “You accessed images of children and animals and that is the exploitation of the abuse of those children.

“These are not just photographs, they are evidence of child abuse, some of them of the worst kind. That is why the courts regard these offences so seriously and why they have to be stamped out - some ambition, I know.”

The judge added: “I am prepared to accept any 
interest you may have in images of this sort came as a result of your compulsion to view pornography on the internet. 
People who do that run this sort of risk.”

Atkins must make his 
computer available for police inspections and must not have equipment which can destroy evidence of websites he visits.

Christopher Gabbitas, prosecuting, told the court that police searched Atkins’ home on January 31 and seized a computer tower.

“Forensic examination revealed images of extreme pornography, scenes with live animals,” he said.

Child pornography was 
also discovered, making a total of 60 images and 54 movies.

Atkins was interviewed and later returned to assist 
police, who were seeking to trace the people who 
provided the material.

Mr Gabbitas added: “He also went back to try and help the police with where these images came from, where he received them from.”

Alistair King, mitigating, told the court: “He was 
employed at the time in the computer industry.”

Atkins had looked for help “independently sought whilst on bail”, added Mr King.