Images of children on Grimsby man’s phone were ‘sick to the extreme’
Andrew Webster, jailed for having indecent images of children
Police found “disgusting” images of children that were “sick to the extreme” on a convicted sex offender’s mobile phone
He had a “fascination” for pictures of young boys and this helped to fuel the trade in child abuse images, a court heard.
Andrew Webster, 29, of Chantry Lane, Grimsby, admitted making indecent photographs of children between June 17 and July 29 last year.
He also admitted distributing an indecent image of a child on July 28 and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
Craig Lowe, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Webster was given a nine-month suspended prison sentence in February 2015 for 18 offences of possessing indecent photographs of children.
Police were given information from a national crime agency and others that he was in contact with other like-minded people.
He bought a laptop but did not tell the authorities about it. There were images of concern on it but none that were the subject of charges.
The indecent images of boys, including 42 still pictures and four movies, were on his mobile phone.
Tim Savage, mitigating, said it was a concern that Webster had already taken part in a sex offenders’ treatment programme but had committed more offences.
He had owned the laptop for three weeks but had not complied with notification requirements regarding it.
He had shown remorse and had been working recently.
“He recognises that he has got a problem and has worked to address that problem,” said Mr Savage.
Judge Mark Bury told Webster: “You have an enduring sexual interest in children.
“You plainly have issues concerning your fascination for and attraction to boys who are very young.”
The images were “sick to the extreme” and “disgusting” and each represented an instance of abuse.
“The only reason these images are made is that people like you get sexual gratification from looking at them,” said Judge Bury.
Webster was jailed for 23 months and was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
He must register as a sex offender for 10 years.