Gosfield man escapes jail over child pornography offences

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A 59-year-old who watched child porn showing children as young as 12-months being sexually abused, was today (January 7) spared jail.

Instead he was put on probation and ordered to attend a sex offenders’ course.

But the judge warned him he was being given his “one and only chance” and that any further offending would result in him being jailed.

Derek Dinsdale, of The Street, Gosfield, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court to eight offences involving nearly 1,800 indecent images.

As he passed sentence Judge Christopher Morgan said Dinsdale, who has chronic kidney disease and can no longer work, had admitted watching indecent movies and stills on his computer two or three times a week for three to nine hours at a time for the last six years.

Dinsdale had said he was primarily attracted to children aged ten to 14 but the judge said he had also confessed to watching, “out of curiosity,” a graphic movie of a four-year-old being raped by an adult male.

The judge imposed a three-year community order, with three years’ probation and attendance on an internet sexual offenders’ treatment programme.

He will not be allowed unsupervised access to any person aged under 18 without prior consent for three years.

Judge Morgan also made a sexual harm prevention order and told Dinsdale he would have to sign the sex offenders’ register.

He was also ordered to pay £535 costs.

The judge warned Dinsdale: “If you commit this offence in the future you will go to prison. This is your one and only chance.”

Dinsdale pleaded guilty to five offences of making, or downloading indecent images of children on or before December 8, 2012 and two of possessing prohibited images of children.

The married father also pleaded guilty to an eighth offence of possessing 12 extreme pornographic images involving sex acts with animals.

Of the 1,793 images in his possession, 447 were the highest level, category A, including 272 movies.

There were about 200 at category B and over 900 at category C. In addition, there were 227 extreme and 214 prohibited images.

Prosecutor Richard Potts said police were alerted to Dinsdale’s internet provider address by the Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit and executed a warrant on December 8, 2012 at his Gosfield home.

There were images of females and males and those of children were aged between one and 14 years, said the prosecutor.

Mitigating, Gareth Hughes said Dinsdale was supported by his wife and family and had completed a course with the Lucy Faithful Foundation to help understand his behaviour.

He added that Dinsdale’s health was deteriorating and that he had chronic kidney disease.