Hartlepool man jailed for animal porn and child images snared after Virgin Media tip-off

Teesside Crown Court.
Teesside Crown Court.
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A 46-year-old man who downloaded indecent images of children and pornographic images of animals has been jailed for two years.

John Coates told police: “I’ve been downloading loads,” when they arrested him at his Hartlepool home, Teesside Crown Court heard.

“Officers were acting on information received from the broadband provider Virgin Media,” said Rachel Masters, prosecuting.

“They seized a tower computer and a portable USB storage device.

“Examination of these found them to contain 450 indecent images of children, both still and moving images.

“Of these, 247 were of the most serious category A.

“There were also 19 extremely pornographic images relating to animals.”

Coates, formerly of Holyrood Walk, Hartlepool, now of Barnsley, admitted two charges of making indecent images of children, and two charges of possessing extreme pornography, both between July and December, 2013.

He was of previous good character.

Ian Hudson, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Coates assisted the police on his arrest, and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

“He has led an otherwise blameless life, taking Lord Tebbit’s advice he got on his bike to look for work and found it as a laminator in Barnsley.

“The case passes the custody threshold, but the court may feel able to suspend the inevitable sentence.

Judge Simon Bourne Arton jailed Coates for two years.

The judge told him: “There are those who think simply viewing these images in the privacy of their home is relatively harmless.

“That is not correct, children are caused great harm to feed the prurient interests of people like you.

“You activities continued over a long period of time, and there were a large number of category A images.

“I can see no reason for suspending the sentence.”