Bentilee pervert, 57, caught with more than 16,000 child abuse images.
Gary Chidlow has avoided prison after being caught with thousands of child abuse images
Pervert Gary Chidlow downloaded thousands of child abuse images over a 12-year period.
The 57-year-old was arrested after police seized his computer tower and mobile phone during a search on his Bentilee home.
Officers found more than 16,000 indecent photographs of children and eight extreme pornographic pictures.
Now Chidlow has been handed a three-year community order as an alternative to a prison sentence as there is a ‘sufficient prospect of him being rehabilitated’.
Prosecutor Fiona Cortese said police executed a warrant at the defendant’s home in Dawlish Drive on September 29.
Miss Cortese said: “The address was searched and police seized a computer tower and a mobile phone. They found 2,477 category A images on the computer tower of which 2,052 were accessible; 2,301 category B images of which 1,842 were accessible; and 11,525 at category C, of which 8,773 were accessible. There were eight accessible extreme images found of which two were movies.
“The defendant’s mobile was analysed and all images were inaccessible. There were 84 stills and 34 moving images at category A; 58 stills and 11 movies at category B; and 91 stills and three movies at category C.”
The defendant, who has no previous convictions, told police his offending started when he was viewing pornography and images popped up.
Chidlow, of Dawlish Drive, Bentilee, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children and possession of an extreme pornographic image.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant has lived a solitary experience after working a night shift for 15 years.
Mr Holt said: “He has been frank and open. It is rare to have someone who is so readily accepting of his problems and issues. His acceptance of his problems gives you some confidence he can be helped and assisted by the probation service.”
Judge David Fletcher sentenced Chidlow to a three-year community order with three years’ supervision and a requirement he attends the sex offenders’ treatment programme.
He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Judge Fletcher said: “Many of the images involve adults raping very young children. That is something you have been looking at for a period of 12 years or so.
“They are real children that you were looking at, they are not dolls. They are not capable of consenting to what was happening to them.
“What is perfectly clear is that their lives have been severely blighted by the fact that they have been utilised for the taking of images you have been accessing.
“If it wasn’t for people like you seeking out that sort of image for their own sexual gratification there would be no point in these wicked people arranging for children to be vilely exploited in the way they are.”
Chidlow was ordered to pay £1,200 costs.