Lincoln village man jailed over 6k child porn images found on hidden hard-drive

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A man who downloaded thousands of child pornography images onto a computer has been jailed for 16 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

David McCann 43, of Wold View, Nettleham, was investigated after police received information that he had been uploading indecent images onto the internet.

Laura Pitman, prosecuting, said officers searched McCann’s home in May 2015 and took away a computer hard-drive found inside his garage.

Almost 6,000 child porn images were found on the hard-drive including photographs of children as young as three-years-old being abused.

McCann was also found to have searched the internet for paedophile sites using both the hard-drive and his mobile phone.

McCann went on to admit in an interview with police that he was sexually interested in children but denied the images were connected with him, claiming he had stopped himself from looking.

He claimed the computer hard-drive belonged to another man whom he had met while attending a sex offender counselling session which was imposed as a result of a previous conviction in 2005.

McCann admitted three charges of making an indecent image of a child.

In addition to being jailed, he was placed on the sex offenders’ register and was given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order designed to restrict his activities when he is released from his prison sentence.

David Eager, in mitigation, said that McCann had developed a form of addiction and realised that he was facing an immediate jail sentence.

He said McCann cares for his elderly grandparents and urged he be given credit for admitting the offences.