Child porn shame of man who was shopped to police by disgusted girlfriend

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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A MAN who downloaded sickening child pornography was arrested after his shocked girlfriend shopped him to police.

Jonathan Pennington’s then girlfriend was disgusted after she found an indecent picture of a child on his laptop computer when she used it.

She confronted him about it and a couple of weeks later after she found another child porn picture on it.

A male friend of Pennington, 24, also found several movies, one of which featured a 12-year-old Russian girl, when he took his laptop to get fixed.

The friend told a female relative of Pennington’s girlfriend and the tow women decided to report him to police.

Teesside Crown Court also heard that Pennington was discovered sheltering a 14-year-old girl at his home after police had served him with a warning notice to keep away from her.

Police went to his address in January but Pennington had moved his two laptops.

One was at his mother’s house in Billingham and he handed the other in the following day.

Computer experts discovered 15 indecent images on one and nine on another.

He also had 34 prohibited pictures of Japanese cartoons depicting children being abused.

Pennington, of Bannockburn Way, Billingham, admitted two offences of making indecent images of children and one of possessing prohibited images of children.

Robert Mochrie, mitigating, said he only admitted his guilt on the day he was due to stand trial because he had difficulty in accepting the serious and embarrassing offences.

He said Pennington had a difficult upbringing and there were concerns about his behaviour from an early age.

Pennington was given six months prison suspended for two years with probation supervision and ordered to do a Sex Offender’s Treatment Programme.

Judge Peter Armstrong said: “I have read the pre-sentence report and you are a man with problems, clearly you are in need of help.”

Pennington was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for 10 years.

He will be sentenced at Teesside Magistrates’ Court later after he was found guilty of harbouring a child last month.