Businessman claims child abuse pictures were sent to computer after he ‘searched nudist websites’

A businessman claimed more than 200 indecent images of children were sent to his computer after he accessed nudist websites.

David John Pearson told police the pictures appeared on his computer around 2007 when he searched for reviews of nudist locations.

The 58-year-old claimed most of the images had been deleted but some had remained on his system.

They were found on his computer and hard drive in April last year after they were seized during a search of his house and business in relation to an unrelated matter.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court was told 12 of the images were category B and 194 were category C images.

Prosecuting, Alan Davies told the court: “He was interviewed in June and stated he had many years ago accessed nudist websites for reviews of places and sites that would be suitable for that type of activity.

“Pictures from that website would have been from about six to eight years ago and he had forgotten about them.”

Pearson, of Birchfield Drive in Eaglescliffe, pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent images of children.

Defending him, Andrew Foster said: “He found himself on some sort of mailing list which he didn’t want to be on and these images have come up on his computer.

“He’s not IT-literate, the images are from 2007 – they aren’t recent – and were found in the deleted space on his computer.

“He’s not IT-literate, the images are from 2007 – they aren’t recent – and were found in the deleted space on his computer.

“He fully admits he was in the wrong but didn’t really know what to do with them.”

Magistrates heard he was a man of previous good character and the court proceedings have taken their toll on him and his partner.

They handed him a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a charge of £60.

He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

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