Suspended sentence for downloading child porn

A HARROGATE man has been given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

York Crown Court heard John Kyle Gibson, 49, of Stonefall Avenue, had stopped downloading the images in July 2007, but they were discovered last year when his computer was repaired.

The 1,473 images were of children aged between one and 10 years and covered all five levels of indecency, with the majority - 1,161 - at the lowest level. Police also found 21 indecent videos on his computer.

Defending, barrister Nigel Edwards said: “For a period of some four years, he was training to be a priest.

“His own crisis of faith and conscience left him with a modicum of insight into his own difficulties. He felt it was best he go off and seek counselling and that is what he did.”

Sentencing Gibson on Tuesday, Judge Michael Mettyear told him: “This is disgusting conduct. These images are absolutely appalling.

“I am rather worried about you, but this is the only thing that saves you: you stopped doing it.”

Gibson was given a 12-month sentence suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender and made subject to a sexual offences prevention order for five years.