Eight months jail for Lincoln IT technician over child porn stash

A Lincoln man has been jailed for eight months after it was discovered he had almost 2,000 indecent images of children on his computer.

IT technician Marc Gothorp (32) of Coulson Road in Lincoln, was handed the sentence at Lincoln Crown Court after admitting to downloading 1,997 images.

He was discovered to be harbouring the indecent images after intelligence found his computer’s IP address during a search for an US citizen linked to child porn in Australia.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau then passed the information to Lincolnshire Police, who raided Gothorp’s home and recovered a laptop and USB stick.

They found hundreds of indecent child images, with children as young as 3 and 4-years-old.

He was arrested and charged with 14 counts of making indecent images of children, plus two more for possessing extreme pornographic images.

Gothorp, who has no other criminal convictions, previously worked at Sir Robert Patterson Academy in North Hykeham, but he denied ever making or possessing images at the school.

The judge handed him the prison sentence, stating there was no alternative to serving jail time.